Coming from the notoriously wet North West coast of Wales, Y Niwl have been pleasing audiences over the past two years with their unique brand of cold-weather surf. As well as appearing all over the country, their self-driven approach to music has been met with approval from radio DJs, promoters, fellow musicians, grannies and toddlers.
Perhaps mysteriously to any non-Welsh speaking listener, the songs are all named after Welsh numbers. Discarded by the band as being purely for practical reasons, these numbers nonetheless preserve the anonymity of the tracks and let the music do the talking.
Their critically acclaimed self-titled debut has been the soundtrack to a fellow North Walian’s year – since February, the band has supported and backed Gruff Rhys on his Hotel Shampoo tour. As well as being an honour for the band, it has been an excellent opportunity to spread the surf and reach out to wider audiences, transcending the communication barrier with their ‘Welsh language instrumental’ tunes.
“Refreshing as a skinny dip in the Welsh shores of the Atlantic” – NME