Listening Post

H. Hawkline went to L.A. to meet Cate le Bon and came back to Narberth with his ‘I Romanticize’ LP

Listen to 'My Mine' from a new album coming out in June

Los Angeles is a long way (roughly 5,300 miles) from the quaint Pembrokeshire market town of Narberth, west Wales, but those were the opposing destinations H. Hawkline retreated to in order to record his freshly announced new album, ‘I Romanticize’. You don’t find castle remains and sweet teashops in one. And you definitely don’t find many topless roller-skaters in the other.

Anyway, for his new album Huw Evans had good reason to journey to the west coast. It was to work on new music with long-term collaborator Cate le Bon, who’s based there now. She forms part of the band who perform on the new LP’s 12 tracks, along with Warpaint‘s Stella Mozgawa and composer Josiah Steinbrick. It’s co-produced by Samur Khouja.

“This has been the first record I’ve made where I’ve felt as if everything came completely naturally, like post that comes with a handwritten address,” says H. Hawkline. “To my ears it’s pretty accessible pop music, but maybe there’s something wrong with my ears.”

He’s already shared ‘Last Thing On Your Mind’ from the album, but now comes new track ‘My Mine’. Listen to it below.

‘I Romanticize’ forms the follow-up to 2015’s ‘In The Pink Of Condition’ and will come out on Heavenly Recordings on 2 June. The album is available for pre-order now.

H. Hawkline is playing the following shows, too:

Berlin, Columbiahalle* – 20 June
Copenhagan, Vega Main Hall* – 22
Milan, Auditorium di Milano* – 24
Brussels, Botanique Orangerie* – 26
Vilanova i la Geltrú, Vida Festival – 30

Madrid, Noches del Bontanico – 2 July
Sete, Worldwide Festival – 5
Belfort, Les Eurockeenes – 7
Brescia, Anfiteatro del Vittoriale, Tener-a-mente – 9
Cesena, Rocca Malatestiana – 10
Rome, Ostia Antica – 11
Pori, Pori Jazz Festival – 13
Vienna, WUK* – 15
Munich, Muffathalle* – 16
London, Hackney Empire* – 18
Paris, Bataclan* – 19
Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall – 27-30

*Supporting Devendra Banhart