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BITW

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ALBYM NEWYDD ‘BITW’ ALLAN NAWR

“Dwi wedi bod yn ddigon lwcus i gael bywyd reit ddiflas diolch byth, ond dydi hynny ddim yn grêt ar gyfer sgwennu caneuon pop,” meddai Gruff ab Arwel a.k.a. Bitw

Er hynny, nid yw bywyd diflas wedi arwain at ganeuon diflas ar albym cyntaf Bitw. I’r gwrthwyneb – mae caneuon pop heintus, rhythmau hyfryd a melodïau cynnil yn chwysu allan o bob twll a chornel ar y record hon.

Er mai hon yw ei record unigol gyntaf, mae Gruff wedi bod â’i drwyn ym musnes sawl cawr cerddorol arall dros y blynyddoedd. Yn ogystal â bod yn aelod o’r band syrff Y Niwl, mae hefyd wedi chwarae gyda Gruff Rhys, H.Hawkline ac Eleanor Friedberger. Mae ei statws fel cerddor rhent dibynadwy yn cadarnhau pam fod Cate Le Bon wedi dewis rhyddhau’r record drwy label Joyful Noise fel rhan o’u cyfres White Label.

Recordiwyd yr albwm dros gyfnod o ddwy flynedd gan Gruff yn ei gartref yng Nghaernarfon. “Nes i ddewis recordio’r albwm adref achos mod i rhy styfnig i dalu am stiwdio. Dwi ddim yn meindio bod ar ben fy hun yn gyffredinol, ond mae’n syniad da cal rhywun yna weithiau i atal pethau rhag mynd dros ben llestri. Felly nes i ffonio cwpwl o ffrindiau i ychwanegu chydig o chwaeth.”

Er ei agwedd gybyddlyd tuag at y broses recordio, mae cyfoeth o swyn cerddorol i’w glywed ar yr albym. Mae’r gerddoriaeth ar albym cyntaf Bitw yn disgleirio â naws gynhenid Gymreig ond eto’n teimlo’n llawer mwy eang a chynhwysfawr na hynny. Yn dilyn y senglau ‘Diolch Am Eich Sylwadau, David’ a ‘Love is Happening!’, mae’r albym ‘BITW’ bellach ar gael ar Klep Dim Trep. Mae copi finyl o’r albym ar gael hefyd diolch i label Joyful Noise Recordings, sydd wedi cynnwys yr albym yn eu cyfres White Label Series fel dewis Cate Le Bon.

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DEBUT ALBUM ‘BITW’ OUT NOW

“I’ve been lucky enough not to get my heart broken too badly so far, which is great, but it’s shit for writing pop songs,” says Gruff ab Arwel a.k.a Bitw.

However to suggest in anyway that a lack of heartache has led to a lack of pop songs on Bitw’s debut album would be disingenuous to say the least. If anything it feels like melodic pop is oozing from every song on the album.

It’s not surprising given ab Arwel’s previous form. Whilst this may be his debut solo offering, he has lent his musical touch to countless other indie-rock-pop masters. A member of Snowdonia’s premium surf outfit Y Niwl, he’s also played with Gruff Rhys, H.Hawkline and Eleanor Friedberger. His status as a well-loved go to man in Welsh music is confirmed by Cate Le Bon who has chosen to release the record via Joyful Noise as part of their White Label Series.

The record itself was a DIY affair, assembled from sessions at home in Caernarfon by ab Arwel before he later brought in friends to flesh it out. “I recorded the album bit by bit in my living room,” he says. “But I’m not doing that again – it took fucking ages. It was great to be able to work on it at home but it became quite isolating in the end because there’s no one to tell you when to stop.”

However, what ab Arwel may lack in self-confidence and decision-making when it comes to making his record in a less time-consuming way, he makes up for in hooks and musical charm. The resulting music on his debut is one that sparkles with that inherently Welsh tone yet also feels much wider and all encompassing. Following singles ‘Diolch Am Eich Sylwadau, David’ and ‘Love is Happening!’, his debut album ‘BITW’ is out now on Klep Dim Trep. The album is also available on vinyl thanks to Joyful Noise Recordings, who have included the album in their White Label Series as Cate Le Bon’s chosen release.