The latest step along Hanna Tuulikki’s star spangled path, Two Wings are almost too gorgeous to listen to. Listening to something like ‘Eikon‘ is like plunging into some deep cosmic bath, where you’re dragged down by wailing, joyous vocals towards swirls of brass freakiness. There’s previous here: Hanna is one part of Scots free improv jazzfolk awkward squad Scatter, as well as leader of space beauties Nalle, who played a stellar Norwegian Church set last year. Excitingly, Two Wings brings Ben Reynolds, of Trembling Bells and others, into the fold, and results so far are a pretty fantastic mix of all of the above: guitars pick delicate holes, vocals are set to ‘mysterious rapture’, things career into gently psychedelic pastoral gems with ease. Plush and lush. Support is from hushed gem Rozi Plain and Cardiff’s own gothic vampires Zeuk. Be there early, be there open eyed.
Sunday 22nd May 7.30pm
10 Feet Tall, Cardiff
Expect vocals spanning KATE BUSH, GRACE SLICK and STEVIE NICKS, guitar solos spanning RICHARD THOMPSON, PETER GREEN and LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, harmonies a la CROSBY, STILLS & NASH and WINGS, and a rhythm section which may be the missing link between STEELEYE SPAN and LED ZEPPELIN. Roots in folk tradition that looks forward to the advent of rock’n’roll and beyond.
Borne of a song-writing collaboration between singer/multi-instrumentalist/visual artist Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Scatter, The Family Elan) and guitarist/singer Ben Reynolds (Baby Dee, Trembling Bells, Alasdair Roberts, Tompkins Square Records), Two Wings draws upon both musicians’ thematic fixation with love, death, spirituality, as well as a passion for the song-writing craft in its myriad forms – from its roots in folk tradition, forward to the advent of rock n roll and beyond.