Characteristic: Welsh Band WRKHOUSE Come Alive on ‘Out of the Blue,’ a Dreamy Indie Rock Reverie


Emboldened and reborn, Welsh indie rock band WRKHOUSE (previously Lewys) take us track-by-track by way of their exhilarating debut EP ‘Out of the Blue,’ a dreamy, impassioned reverie that hits arduous and leaves a long-lasting mark.
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Look at your self, dwelling and being,” WRKHOUSE’s Lewys Meredydd Siencyn sings firstly of his band’s debut EP.

It’s a dramatic, provocative entrance, and one made all of the extra highly effective because of the truth that he’s not talking in English, however quite, in his native Welsh: “Drycha ar dy hun / Yn byw a bod.” Of their first ten seconds, WRKHOUSE emphatically assert their identification, embrace their heritage, and dazzle the ears with stunningly heat harmonies; it’s an immediately memorable introduction, and one which hits arduous from the beginning. “Tria beidio gwastraffu amser / Paid aros am dy dro / Ti’n gafael rhy dynn,” Siencyn continues:  Strive to not waste time, don’t wait in your flip, you’re holding on too tight.

And similar to that, WRKHOUSE have us hooked for this, their enchanting, exhilarating “subsequent chapter.” Previously making all-Welsh music below the title Lewys, the four-piece of Siencyn, Gethin Meilir Elis, Iestyn Jones, and Ioan Bryn reintroduced themselves as WRKHOUSE this previous February, rebranding with a cool, modern sound and – most notably – a bilingual identification, with a wee bit o’ English slipping into what was as soon as an solely Welsh output.

Out of the Blue - WRKHOUSE
Out of the Blue – WRKHOUSE

The outcome isn’t a lot a metamorphosis, as it’s an enlargement: WRKHOUSE’s English-language songs inherently permit its members to achieve a wider viewers than ever earlier than (the Welsh authorities estimates there to be almost 1 million Welsh audio system on this planet, in comparison with an estimated 1.46 billion English audio system), all whereas they proceed to lean into the cultural roots that made them who they’re immediately each as people and as a unit. The band sound emboldened and reborn on Out of the Blue, a dreamy, impassioned indie rock reverie that hits arduous and leaves a long-lasting mark.

Independently launched April 5, 2024, Out of the Blue is as intimate as it’s all-consuming. Placing a stability between the suave indie pop stylings of mid-2010s-era The 1975, the fiery churn of fellow Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen, and the extra colourful, ethereal aesthetics of Tame Impala, WRKHOUSE make music that strikes the physique and soul in tandem. Their first two singles “Getaway” and “Snow” (EP tracks three and 5, respectively) spotlight their penchant for constructing huge worlds of heat and marvel, with wealthy melodies, huge hooks, and thought-provoking lyrics making for a fascinating, enriching listening expertise by way of and thru.

WRKHOUSE © Cara Kealy
WRKHOUSE © Cara Kealy

The total EP fulfills on the promise of its singles, with the songs “Byw a Bod,” “Time Once more,” and title observe “Out of the Blue” rounding out the document whereas including a number of extra chills and thrills to WRKHOUSE’s immersive, enthralling repertoire.

The band describe this EP as a fruits of their collective sonic journey – one which boasts a “nostalgic ambiance and a contact of residence”; basically, Lewys needed to stroll in order that WRKHOUSE might run. Collaborating with producers Steffan Pringle, Mark Gardener and Ed Al-Shakarchi, the Welsh group held nothing again in making a definitive debut – one thing they will all proudly stand by as their musical reintroduction to the world.

Chatting with Atwood Journal, Siencyn shares a few of the band’s imaginative and prescient for this EP: “At this level (2023), we started spreading textural ‘easter eggs’ that bridged themes throughout the tracks,” he explains. “Voice notes of Gethin’s grandmother’s piano, recordings of the Wnion river in Dolgellau repurposed into pads, creaks and knocks from our childhood houses… all of them add to the nostalgic ambiance we’re making an attempt to evoke in these songs.”

“I used to be obsessed on the time with digital artists who blur the strains between the natural and otherworldly – the likes of Floating Factors and Ross From Associates – and needed to include these half-real sounds into the band’s music.”

WRKHOUSE © Cara Kealy
WRKHOUSE © Cara Kealy

Fellow British bands like Glass Animals have gone to No. 1 on each side of the Atlantic by way of this particular manufacturing approach – of taking sonic snippets from “actual life” and incorporating them into their artwork. With time, WRKHOUSE might very nicely do the identical; Out of the Blue is the start of a promising, provocative artistry that has already discovered its footing, and is able to share its interior gentle with the world. WRKHOUSE shine boldly and brightly all through their first 5 songs, hovering into our ears and into our hearts.

Expertise the total document through our under stream, and peek inside WRKHOUSE’s Out of the Blue with Atwood Journal because the band goes track-by-track by way of the music and lyrics of their debut EP!

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Byw a Bod

A surrealist, half ASMR half unsettling liminal area introduction stuffed with samples and sounds from the band’s previous, whose affirming Welsh-language lyrics act as a welcome message to the listener for the remainder of the EP, however reminds us as a band of  the time and power this venture had taken up over the previous couple of years, and that we’ve come alongside manner since first taking part in as a band again in 2018. We by no means needed to drop our Welsh identification from this new physique of labor, and we’re tremendous pleased with how we’ve built-in our first language into the larger narrative of the EP.

Time Once more

Comes hand in hand with ‘Byw a Bod’ however also can stand by itself two ft as a observe that encapsulates all that WRKHOUSE represents on this EP sonically. Does quite a bit in 2 and a half minutes…

Getaway

The debut single, and the sonic blueprint for the remainder of the venture. A tough-hitting observe that navigates the intricate themes of private and relational development, or the shortage thereof. The primary of two one-shot movies we shot with Set off Comfortable Inventive made positive we might set a robust basis each sonically and visually from the outset.

Out of the Blue

The featured observe of the EP, and the final to be put collectively. It’s a music about recognizing your ex together with your finest mate, basically. We introduced in our good pal Cari Pierce to assist out on a few of the backing vocals for this observe; she’s somebody we’ve all the time needed to work with and we’re glad that our first collaboration is on our debut EP.

Snow

The second single. One of many first to be written, and that one fixed all through the method, so feels fairly becoming to finish the EP with it – bought a behavior of doing that with tasks. It’s a nostalgic journey of restraint that crescendos right into a cathartic, emotional flood.

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