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Album review: Y Niwl - Y Niwl (Aderyn Papur)

Playful surf-rock from the Welsh shores

Quite frankly, if I hear another pastiche-ridden West Coast surf rock record, I’m going to brain Nathan Wavves with my surfboard, stick Mr Zogg’s Sex Wax in Frankie Rose’s hair and intone curses upon Dick Dale’s wretched soul. Lucky, then, that taffy types Y Niwl hail from a different west – the rainy climes of Wales, whose wind-beleaguered beaches don’t really lend themselves to nauseating Hipstamatic cheer. Although their debut is regular, vocal-less surf rock with a playful streak, that’s the beauty of it – there’s not an ounce of ‘bodacious’ ‘sun-bleached’ ‘bedroom jams’ pretence. And right now, that’s as refreshing as a skinny dip in the Welsh shores of the Atlantic.
Laura Snapes
7 / 10

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