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NWR Issue 101

Little Arrow – Wild Wishes

The essence of west Wales runs through the core William Hughes’ song writing, and anyone who has been lucky enough to spend considerable time on the Pembroke coast will not be surprised to hear that the Little Arrow project, Wild Wishes originated in a small cottage near St David’s.

There is something analogous between the music and the landscape, a strange blend of welcoming warmth and ruggedness or mystery. There is a sense here of juxtaposing quaint cottages, fishing boats and community spirit with an indifferent natural world of guano-stained cliffs of ancient slate. Tracks like opener ‘Our Taste is Violence’ are gentle and concerned with a wistful nostalgia, just Hughes’ rich voice and the familiar strummed guitars of regular folk songs. But this is only one facet of Wild Wishes. On the other side is an undeniable weirdness, a sonic representation of ageless land and its peculiar and aboriginal qualities, perceived only on the edge of our consciousness. The result is something wonderful that you would not want to probe too much further, as if the sinister lurks out of sight: some possibility of violence or treachery that is best left concealed.

Little Arrow will be playing at Cardiff’s Festival this weekend at the Moon Club stage on Saturday, 19 October, alongside acts such as Nadine Shah and Sweet Baboo.

Jonathan Doyle is a Zoology graduate and writer from south Wales. He runs the music website Wake The Deaf and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.


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