The Wern. Itís a creepy, hippie looking Frankensteinís Monster of a trailer home that looks like itís embraced a sedentary lifestyle in some forgotten corner of Wales. Not a place youíd want to hang out in, unless of course, youíre ambient project Hwyl Nofio. If thatís you, itís where the magic happens.
Weíve been big supporters of this Welsh ambient project and its two previous records. "Intelligent ambient," we call it. Hwly Nofio has made its mark by making ambient with a pronounced musical sense to it, incorporating instruments like piano with crackling firewood or chimes.
The new album, Anatomy of Distort, is a bit more mad scientist. Works well with the image of being cooped up in the Wern. This time around, the focus is more on the drone, with a good bit of that sound that sounds like an orchestra tuning up. Slow buildups are commonplace for the genre, but Hwyl Nofio manages to set itself apart because the music gets notable is specific places. Highly recommended for ambient fans. (8/10)
PS: you can see a photo of The Wern in our interview with Hwyl Nofio.
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