Any band that drops a Roald Dahl reference when describing their sound — and isn’t being facetious — has at least got my attention. After listening to Welsh duo Trwbador, I realized I could totally hear these songs playing on James’ iPod whilst he sat in the giant peach. The two adjectives that best describe the band’s sound are, again, self-supplied. Those would “cute” and “scary.” Listen to the shaky, spliced backbeat that sounds like it’s being piped through an old record player, and the tip-toeing, deliberate vocals supplied by Angharad Van Rijswijk and I think you’ll agree. When Van Rijswijk stretches out her vocal chords a bit more in the song’s final 60 seconds or so, she almost sounds like Joanna Newsom.
Trwbador began their own label called Owlet Music when a label deal fell through in 2010. The Sun In The Winter EP is the second short-player that Rijswijk and cohort Owain Gwilym have self-released. This pair’s music is oddly charming, in somewhat the same way that friend who makes all her own clothes by hand is considered fashionable but also a bit eccentric. What I’m trying to say is I like it. Check it out.
Trwbador has made “Sun In The Winter” available for download, and you can stream the EP’s other three songs below as well.