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August 2013

It is with unmitigated pleasure, and a mild sense of euphoria, we announce that Little Arrow’s album ‘Wild Wishes’ has been selected as one of the nominees for the annual Welsh Music Prize. This marks another well-earned step in what has been a landmark release for the band.

Released in March 2013, the album immediately received a glittering array of critical plaudits from the likes of A Musical Priority, Buzz Magazine, The Miniature Music Press and New Sound Wales, among many more. The Welsh Music Prize nomination now places ‘Wild Wishes’ among such seminal recent releases as Gruff Rhys’ ‘Hotel Shampoo’, Future Of The Left’s ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’, Sweet Baboo’s ‘I’m A Dancer / Songs About Sleepin’ and Cate Le Bon’s ‘CYRK’.

The nomination means that Little Arrow will be playing the Welsh Music Prize Concert on the 15th October 2013 in Clwb Ifor Bach alongside the other nominees.

While our emotions are obviously invested in our own kin, we wish the very best of luck to all of the other nominees and eagerly await the result, to be announced during SWN Festival in October.


June 2013

The video follows frontman Will Hughes on a surreal journey along the Pembrokeshire coastline. The video was produced by On-Par Productions. 

Download Paddy Fields FREE from Little Arrow's SoundCloud page. https://soundcloud.com/littlearrow

"Bathed in the golden glow of its own radiance is the stand-out track Paddy Fields. Sublime and hypnotic, with dual boy-girl vocals that just add to the mesmeric effect, it shimmers and glistens while leaving you utterly enraptured." - David Owens, Wales Online


May 2013

Little Arrow + Ivan Moult play White Stuff Thursday 30th +++ FIRE IN THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 1ST-2ND.

Both Little Arrow and Ivan Moult will be performing short avoustic sets at Cardiff's White Stuff on Thursday May 30th. More info can be found on the Facebook page here.

Little Arrow will also be playing Fire in the Mountain Festival on Sunday. Catch them on the Owlsworld Stage at 7pm. More info here.

Little Arrow - Paddy Fields

Download Little Arrow's Paddy Fields, taken from their 2nd album Wild Wishes. Plus... Tour dates for June and July

Wild Wishes

Download Paddy Fields from Little Arrow's 
soundcloud page.

"Bathed in the golden glow of its own radiance is stand-out track, the soon-to-be-single Paddy Fields. Sublime and hypnotic, with dual boy-girl vocals that just add to the mesmeric effect, it shimmers and glistens while leaving you utterly enraptured."
- David Owens, Wales Online


Wild Wishes is available in a limited edition vinyl run and a laser cut, screen printed CD package from from the Bubblewrap Shop and the Little Arrow Bandcamp page.

Get it digitally from iTunes and all the other usual download avenues.

"Wild Wishes is quite simply, a must own album of 2013.
- Steve Tay, A Musical Priority

"The first great album of 2013." 
- Echoes & Dust




Wild Wishes



March 2013


Wild Wishes

Wild Wishes sees a progressed sound from Little Arrow's debut Music, Masks & Poems, without forsaking their trademark and captivating sound. For a taster you can download Our Taste Is Violence & State of You and Me, from soundcloud.

Recorded in picturesque Pembrokeshire, and mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering (Sweet Baboo, Racehorses), Wild Wishes' warm sound immerses the listener in a world of swirling soundscapes and haunting melodies, carried forward by frontman William Hughes' powerful vocals and accompanied by a talented cast of family and friends.


Wild Wishes is available in a limited edition vinyl run and a laser cut, screen printed CD package from from the Bubblewrap Shop and the Little Arrow Bandcamp page.

Get it digitally from iTunes and all the other usual download avenues.





February 2013

March 4th sees the release of Little Arrow's 2nd studio album, Wild Wishes. You can pre-order on vinyl and CD from our shop or from Little Arrow's Bandcamp page. Here's a bit about the album, more can be seen on our music page:

Recorded in picturesque Pembrokeshire, and mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering (Sweet Baboo, Racehorses), Wild Wishes' warm sound immerses the listener in a world of swirling soundscapes and haunting melodies, carried forward by frontman William Hughes' powerful vocals and accompanied by a talented cast of family and friends.

To coincide with the album, Little Arrow have got a handful of gigs planned across the next couple of months including an Album Launch at Gwdi Hw Cafe Bar. More details can be found on Facebook.

Wild Wishes Album Launch

You can also catch Little Arrow at the following gigs...

15/03 - WMC, CARDIFF (6:15PM)

More info can be found on Little Arrow's brand-spanking new website here


January 2013

NEXT MONDAY! Get down to this free gig at Bacchus, Cardiff...

Ivan Moult live at Bacchus


December 2012

Here it is: Bubblewrap Collective's Top 20 albums of 2012. You can have a listen to our Spotify playlist with a track from each album by clicking here. Merry Christmas!


1. M. Ward
A Wasteland Companion


2. The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


3. Father John Misty
Fear Fun


4. Alt-J
An Awesome Wave


5. Richard Hawley
Standing on the Sky's Edge


6. First Aid Kit
The Lion's Roar


7. The Maccabees
Given to the Wild


8. Dry the River
Shallow Bed


9. Sharon Van Etten


10. Keaton Henson

11. Tame Impala - Lonerism
12. Beach House - Bloom
13. Cian Ciaran - Outside In
14. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
15. Allo Darlin' - Europe
16. Colorama - Good Music
17. The Shins - Port of Morrow
18. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
19. Bowerbirds - The Clearing
20. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls


November 2012

It's been a while since the last update! We've got Little Arrow Sophomore album, 'Wild Wishes' due for release early next year and it's all coming together very nicely. You can catch Little Arrow live on the 10th November at St. John's Church, Canton, Cardiff, supporting Sion Russell Jones and Brigyn. It's going to be an enchanting gig so make sure you get down there. Click here for more details.

Also on the 10th November, you can Catch Ivan Moult supporting the wonderful paper Aeroplanes at the Louisiana, Bristol. More details can be found here. AND... if you can't make it to that, Ivan will also be playing at Gwdihw Cafe Bar, Cardiff on the 22nd November with Threatmantics, Ratotosk and Totem Terrors. Get some more info for this gig here.



August 2012

Here's what Bubblewrap's artists have been up to...

Little Arrow are finishing off their 2nd syudio album 'Wild Wishes' and it's due for release before the end of the year. We'll have more news on that soon but in the meantime, you can check out a brand new song called 'Wash' from the forthcoming album...

Ivan Moult has been busy writing and recording at his home studio and released 2 songs on Bandcamp for you to 'Name your Price'. So go ahead and downoad them for free, or help out a starving artist and chuck him a couple of quid! You can listen to the new collection 'Castle Class' here. It has also had a pretty good write up on AMP - A Musical Priority. Check it out here.

Barefoot Dance of the Sea have, amongst a series of gigs, been busy making babies. Bec has had a baby boy to add to her 2 girls, whilst Beth is expecting her first! So congratulations to them both!

Their debut album has received positive reviews from the MMP and Beat Review amongst other places. You can have a listen to the album on the bands Bamcamp page here.


May 2012

Barefoot Dance of the Sea - Beneath Closed EyesYou can now buy Barefoot Dance of the Sea's debut album right here at our shop. Available in CD and Vinyl format, and also digital through all your favourite digital sites.

Also, over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend we have some great Bubblewrap Activity. Firstly, Beat Review are hosting an epic Micro Festival at Gwdihw. Get down there on the 4th June for excellent line-up of bands, including Bubblewrap's very own Little Arrow and Ivan Moult. Find out more about it at Beat Review or on Facebook.

Beat Review - Micro Festival

Then, on the 5th, you an catch Little Arrow, Barefoot Dance of the Sea and Ivan Moult play the Glanfa stage at the Wales Millenium Centre at their free bank holiday 'Taste Summer' event. Info can be found here!


April 2012

Barefoot Dance of the Sea's debut album 'Beneath Closed Eyes' is out next month on 12" Vinyl, CD and digital download. Here's a bit more info about it and a great live video filmed by on-par productions.

The band; Rebecca Wood, Elizabeth Whelan & Sophie Cochrane, have gained a tremendous reputation in Cardiff and further afield for their exquisitely polished live performances. Their unique sound focuses around the three girls’ stunning voices and is aptly complimented with acoustic guitar, cello, ukulele and percussion.

Recorded live by in-demand producer Charlie Francis (REM, The High llamas, Sweet Baboo), the result feels less like listening to an album, and more like having the best seat in the house at an exclusive private concert. The record beautifully captures Barefoot's delicate and deeply personal style, portraying every facet of the band with tender tales of heartache heard on tracks such as ‘So It Goes’ and lively clap-a-longs with a sinister tinge such as ‘The Murder Song’.

Download 'Someday I Won't Think of You' for free from our download page. Plus we have an exclusive remix of 'The Murder Song' by Charlie Francis, also completely FREE!

Also this month we designed and built a brand new website for Tafwyl, Cardiff's Welsh language festival. Have a look at it here.

You can download Little Arrow's brand new single 'Our Taste is Violence' now by clicking here, or on the image above.

Catch the Bubblewrap Showcase at the Wales Millenium Centre this month. From the 11th-14th April, Bubblewrap will have 4 of its bands; Little Arrow, Barefoot Dance of the Sea, Evening Chorus & Ivan Moult playing prior to a performance by the amazing "Cirkus Cirkör: Wear It Like A Crown". Here are the dates and performances:

11th - Ivan Moult
12th - Barefoot Dance of the Sea
13th - Evening Chorus
14th - Little Arrow

Come on down. It's free to watch the bands, or buy tickets for the Circus performance here.


February 2012

Little Arrow - Our Taste Is ViolenceLittle Arrow brand new single is out next month. 2nd April to be precise. Here's a bit about it...

Following swiftly on form their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Music, Masks & Poems’, West Wales’ indie folk outfit Little Arrow return with a free download single to whet your appetites for a full length second album this summer. ‘Our Taste Is Violence’ emerges from a chaos of ambient noise and breaks into what has become a crowd favourite at Little Arrow’s exhilarating live performances. This release captures the band’s lively organic sound whilst retaining high-quality production values, capturing every syllable of Will Hughes’ passionate vocal performance. All of this combined with a melodic hook that will be firmly rooted in your head for weeks, the song promises big things for the year ahead.

‘Our Taste Is Violence’ will be available for exclusive free download from here and a handful of music websites from April 2012. 

To accompany the release, On-par Productions, with the help of the band, have filmed a video for the song. Shot on the band’s native Pembrokeshire Coast, the video provides a perfect backdrop for the song. Take a look at ithere 

evening ChorusIn addition to all this, we’ve produced an extremely limited run of 30 two-colour screen prints of the single’s artwork, lovingly hand printed at The Printhaus Workshops, Cardiff

In other news, we've been busy building websites and desiging posters. There will be a selection in the work section soon, including this lovely Evening Chorus 'EP Launch' poster for Swn (to the right ->). Get your tickets here. This also happens to have the great Little Arrow and Ivan Moult as support. Get down to St. John's Church in Canton, Cardiff on the 10th of April!

Straight after that, from the 11th-14th April, Bubblewrap will have a showcase of 4 of its bands; Little Arrow, Barefoot Dance of the Sea, Evening Chorus & Ivan Moult playing in the Wales Millenium Centre, prior to a performance by the amazing "Cirkus Cirkör: Wear It Like A Crown". Here are the dates and performances:

11th - Ivan Moult
12th - Barefoot Dance of the Sea
13th - Evening Chorus
14th - Little Arrow

Come on down. It's free to watch the bands, or buy tickets for the Circus performance here.

February 2012

Very soon, we'll be giving away a free download of the brand new Little Arrow single, 'Our Taste is Violence'. In the meantime, you can see the brand new video for it, made by On-Par Productions, here...


January 2012

This summer... Bubblewrap will have its stamp on 2 festivals in Wales, with identities and websites created for them. Firstly, in Cardiff from 23rd- 29th June, Tafwyl, a Welsh language music festival will be taking place. Secondly, from 29th June - 1st July, Dinefwr Literature Festival will take place at Dinefwr Park and Castle. Below are the 2 identites created for them. Watch this space for brand, spanking new websites!

Dinefwr and Tafwyl Identities

We've also been busy and created a new website for Charlie Francis. Producer, Engineer, Engineer, Musician. We're very proud of this one. Have a look at it here... charliefrancis.com

In the run up to Little Arrow's gig at Gwdihw here's another video taken from the Christmas session they did with Bethan Elfyn for Amazing Radio. enjoy...

Happy 2012! To kick off this year, here is a Little Arrow video filmed by On-Par Productions. The song, 'People of the Volcano' is available on their debut album which was out last year, and you can buy it from our Shop!

You can catch Little Arrow playing in Gwdihw, Cardiff on the 25th January. More info can be found here.


December 2011

Here is Bubblewrap's top 10 of 2011. Compiled by Bubblewrap members, collaborators and Artists. You may notice that our own release, Little Arrow, is in 2nd place. After deliberation, i found it necessary to keep it in it's rightful position (It actually received an equal number of votes as Fleet Foxes), despite obvious conflicts of interest, because we wouldn't have released it if it wasn't amazing, and we hope you feel the same...


1. Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues


2. Little Arrow
Music, Masks & Poems


3. Wild Beasts


4. Beirut
The Riptide


5. Bon Iver
Bon Iver


6. Radiohead
King of Limbs


7. Josh T. Pearson
Last of the Country Gentlemen


8. Gruff Rhys
Hotel Shampoo


9. Girls
Father, Son, Holy Ghost


10. Little Dragon
Ritual Union


We also had albums that came close but didn't quite make the cut of our top 10. Nevertheless, the deserve an honourable mention (in no particulate order)…

Wilco - The Whole Love
The Keys - Bitten by Wolves
The Strokes - Angles
DJ Shadow - The Less You Know The better
Bjork - Biophilia
Feist - Metals
Hidden Orchestra - Night Walks
Other Lives - Tamer Animals
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
Treefight for Sunlight - Treefight for Sunlight
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Battles - Gloss drop
Colorama - colouring book



Here is On-Par's video for Part 1 of Bethan Elfyn's "Oh Little Bands of Bethlehem" featuring an Interview with Rich from Bubblewrap Collective and live music from Bubblewrap's Little Arrow, and also from Evening Chorus and Joshua Caole. You can listen back to the whole show here and hear some more Christmas music from Alexanda Comana, Ceri Frost & Under the Driftwood Tree.

Merry Christmas everybody! As our gift to you here is a rather funky version of the classic Christmas song, "Silent Night", performed here by our very own Little Arrow...

And that is not all that's happening over the festive holidays. Catch Bubblewrap in the media twice:

1. On Monday 19th December we will be guests on Bethan Elfyn's Amazing Radio Christmas Special. Her "Little Bands of Bethlehem" special will feature music from Bubblewrap's Little Arrow and Evening Chorus, as well as a wealth of other Cardiff artists. You can listen to it here. And look out for On-Par Productions beautiful recording of the evening. Coming Soon!

2. December 29th on S4C's "Bandit", Bubblewrap's "Recordiau Lliwgar" and Sibrydion artwork will be featured, with an interview in a section about Welsh album cover design.



November 2011

12daysChristmas is getting closer now, and as tv, radio and newspaper ads fill your head up with seasonal offers and jingles, we thought we'd add to it (sorry!). It's that time of year again where you can't go wrong with a bit of indie/folk/pop christmas songs, and you need not look any further than our shop, where you can get '12 Days of Christmas' for only £6! Featuring a cavalcade of christmas classics from Sweet Baboo, Allo Darlin', The School and loads more.

After a great Swn festival this year, and a successful stage for Bubblewrap and Nyth, On-Par and The MMP have done some great videos with the bands we had on our stage. Here are a selection below, but you can watch loads more at themmp.tv/mmptv.

The lovely people at The MMP have also featured Little Arrow in their latest issue. Pick up your copy from various Cardiff locations today or read the article online here.

October 2011

October newsThis month we're at Swn festival sharing a stage with the wonderful Nyth. Come down and join us on October 22nd from 2.30pm. They'll be live sets from Little Arrow, Barefoot Dance of the Sea, Ivan Moult, Evening Chorus, Sen Segur, Y Niwl, Violas and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. See more on the facebook page here, or read more about Swn 2011 by going to www.swnfest.com. Gwdihw will be full to the brim of the finest musicians under the sun and all of the fun and frolics of that Bubblewrap Nest! Fly on down.

To celebrate our day at Swn we have some free downloads for you. You can download "I Know That I'll Never be Born Again" by Ivan Moult, "If I Could Only Fly" by Barefoot Dance of the Sea and "Boat" by Little Arrow by going to our downloads page. Not only that, we have a limited edition best of Bubblewrap CD to give away at our show at Gwdihw. It's a beautiful screenprinted recycled card wallet, a real rarity!

We've also got some new stock in for Swn with Little Arrow's album being repackaged AND some brand new Little Arrow t-shirts! You can buy each separately in our shop or buy the 2 together for £15 (+ P&P).

Lastly, we've been working with On-Par and The MMP and created some idents, banners and Ads. here's one of the videos below. You can see more at themmp.tv/mmptv/

You can see these and more examples of our latest work over in our work section including a new website for Vintage clothes seller Eagle Eye Vintage.



September 2011

This month we will be releasing free downloads in our lead up to SWN festival. First off, Little Arrow's 'Boat'. You can download it clicking the link below and tweeting about it. Help us spread the word! Not on twitter? you can download it from our downloads page!

Plus, we have an amazing video from the guys at On-Par Productions below, capturing a live acoustic performance and some great fishing shots, enjoy...



August 2011

Here are a few live videos of Evening Chorus & Barefoot Dance of the Sea performing their split 7" singles. First up, Evening Chorus with 'Decisions'...

Secondly, here is Barefoot Dance of the Sea's '531 Miles from Aberdeen to Cardiff'. Both Songs were filmed live by On-Par Productions at The Pot Cafe, Cardiff.


June 2011

LliwgarThis month has been busy with Bubblewrap supporting some brand new Welsh language labels and bands, and also a brand new website supporting Cathays Youth Centre's Under Construction Festival.

Firstly, the amazing Recordiau Lliwgar. We had the honour of designed their identity, template and first release, 'Y Record Goch'. The limited edition double 10" vinyl featuring Dau Cefn, Y Bwgan, Sen Segur and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog is out next month and available from recordiaulliwgar.com. Check out some more of the artwork here.

Secondly, album artwork for Sibrydion's 'Uwchben y Drefn' album, released on their brand new label JigCal. sibrydion

Sibrydion's 13 track album is out next month with a launch gig on July 16th in Clwb Ifor Bach. We did the poster for that along with an awesome 60s magazine ispired albu booklet. Check it out here.

Thirdly, underconstruction.org.uk is a youth music project. Here's what they do:

"Under Construction is performed, organised, staffed and operated almost entirely by young people. Since September 2006, every year a group of members that make up the event steering committee have been meeting and scheming on everything from poster design to site planning, making license applications to booking toilets. They'll also have the chance to be stewards, stage managers, photographers and workshop leaders etc on the day of the festival. The project also incorporates youth music events throughout the year."

Bubblewrap Collective are proud to be supporting the up and coming musicians of Cardiff. Make your way down to Maindy Cycle Track on 20th August to check out their festival!

We've also been to West Wales to film the amazing Little Arrow in their natural habitat. Here's a taster of what's to come, filmed by the amazing On-Par Productions...

We've got some gigs coming up this month. Little Arrow will be perfoming an acoustic set at The Pot Cafe, Crwys Rd on 16th June with support from Francesca's Word Salad.

On the following Tuesday, 21st June, Little Arrow will be supporting the amazing Driver Drive Faster. Additional support will be from newly formed Winter Villains, a new venture by Bubblwrap's very own Josef Prydogzicz. Check them out on their band camp here.

Ivan Moult will be playing at Chapter with Ffred Jones for his album launch on Wednesday 1st June at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. There will also be support from Jon Fazal.


May 2011

On May 16th, Barefoot Dance of the Sea's debut EP 'Til Voices Wake Us is released on Bubblewrap Reocrds, read more about it in our music section. They launch their EP in Cardiff's CAI on Wednesday 18th May. Buy the physical, silver foiled packaging version in out shop, or get it digitally thorugh itunes. You can also have a listen on our bandcamp page.

Little Arrow's debut album, 'Music, Masks & Poems' is out now and available to buy from the shop. You can also download it from itunes and any other popular download sites. Here's a video for 'People of the Volcano' by Swansea film student Ewen McGreggor...


April 2011

Next week see's the launch of Bubblewrap's eighth release, Evening Chorus & Barefoot Dance of the Sea's Split single. The 7" vinyl is out on Monday 18th April and their sold out gig in The Pot follows on Wednesday the 20th.

In other Barefoot Dance of the Sea news, we are very pleased to announce another swift release from them in the form of a 6 song EP, 'Til Voices Wake Us. The beautiful collection of songs will be out on the 16th May, read a bit more about it our music section! in the meantime, you can catch them live on:

Apr 13, The Slaughtered Lamb - London, UK with Martin Carr
Apr 16, at the The Laugharne Weekend of literature and music
Apr 24, 10 Feet Tall Easter all-dayer, Cardiff

In other gig news we have a double Bubblewrap bill next Tuesday with our latest signing, the amazing Little Arrow, and the ever enchanting Ivan Moult. They will both (separately) be supporting My First Tooth and Onward Chariots at Buffalo Bar, Cardiff.

So that brings me on to Little Arrow...

Their debut album, Music, Masks & Poems is out on the 2nd May and it is a corker! It'll be up in our shop soon along with Barefoot's new EP. Why not read more about it in our music section.


March 2011

Evening Chorus & Barefoot Dance of the Sea Split Release and Launch Party

April will see the 8th release from Bubblewrap Records with a Split 7" Vinyl between Evening Chorus & Barefoot Dance of the Sea, Available from 18th April. It will be available in limited edition gold foiled packaging andalso unlimited download. Catch a sneek peak of the artwork here...

The record will have a launch party on the 20th April in The Pot Cafe on Crwys Rd, Cardiff with support from New York's Rebecca Pronsky.The gig is almost sold out alredy but if you're lucky you can get a few tickets from wegottickets.co.uk, or from The Pote Cafe.


February 2011

Ivan Moult Live @ Gwdi Hw

Massive thanks to On-Par Productions for this short doc/music video.

This film captures the world weary ache that flows through Ivan's songs, delivered with a trademark vocal tenderness that demonstrates an intriguing maturity and intelligence of a young man finding his own way in the world.

On-Par Productions Website and Partnership


Bubblewrap Collective have been making the final touches to the On-Par Productions website. On-Par are a Cardiff based video production and promotional films company and we are also very proud to be in partnership with them providing services for each other.

While we help out with post-production, credits, titles and graphics, in return On-Par have been filming and editing some of Bubblewraps signed artists. Very soon they'll be an Ivan Moult video up on both sites, but in the meantime check they're website out at www.onparproductions.co.uk.

I recomend their documentary film on the Phoenix Cinema or the coverage from the Big Splash festival in Newport last year....


Miniature Music Press Cover Competition

Bubblewrap's Rich Chitty won the MMP Cover competition this month with his Gruff Rhys cover. Here it is...


January 2011

Lucky Delucci 7" Vinyl Out Now

Lucky Delucci's Double A-Side 7" Vinyl is out now. Get it from the Bubblewrap Shop!

And here's some reviews...

Compared to some of their more psychedelic tinged offerings this double A side single from the Bubblewrap Records outfit is a much more downbeat affair than expected. It's awash with melancholic strings, aloof glockenspiel and a chorus line of apparently broken hearted angels. It's accomplished work that despite lacking a certain amount of clout makes up for it with its rich sonic tapestry of synths, piano and pitch perfect harmonies. Echoes of Lou Reed's Velvet Underground can be heard amongst the unmistakeable Delucci esqe approach to producing alternative pop. Perfect for gazing out at the cold, winter sky.

Miniature Music Press


Likeable shuffle-pop with twinkly xylophones. If you've never worn a button badge as an adult you'll probably hate it, but I happen to have a jar dedicated to the collection of same, so found 'Winter On The Moon' inoffensive and almost postcard-pretty. Let's not forget, being nice isn't a crime. But let's also not forget that it is impossible for songs like this to give you the raging horn. So don't put it on if you want to snog that girl from Finance at the Christmas Party.

Drowned in Sound



December 2010

Top Albums from 2010 chosen by the Artists and Collaborators of Bubblewrap Collective...

Chosen by
Rich Chitty


Song of the year:
Queen of Denmark
By John Grant

John Grant
Queen of Denmark

Of Montreal
False Priest

Sufjan Stevens
The Age of Adz

Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs
God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise

Spencer McGarry Season Episode 2

Chosen by
Josef Prygodzicz


Song of the year:
Over and Again
By Amiina


Silje Nes

Magic Chairs

Beach House
Teen Dream

The National
High Violet

Chosen by
Ivan Moult


Song of the year:
Chambers and the Valves
By Dry the River

Laura Marling
I Speak Because I Can

Johnny Flynn
Been Listening

Bombay Bicycle Club

J Tillman
Singing Ax


Chosen by
Richard Crandon


Song of the year:
I Need a Dollar
By Aloe Blacc

Black Sands

The Last Dinosaur
Hooray For Happiness

Broken Bells
Broken Bells

The XX

Ivan Moult
The Mine Canary

Chosen by
Harri Davidson


Song of the year:
The Polaroid Song
By Allo Darlin'

The School
Loveless Unbeliever

Allo Darlin'
Allo Darlin'

Sweet Baboo
Songs About Sleeping /
I'm a Dancer

David Tattersall
Happy For A While

The Drums
The Drums

Chosen by
Toby Cameron


Song of the year:
By The Bees

The Last Dinosaur
Hooray For Happiness

The Bees
Every Step's a Yes

Arcade Fire
The Suburbs

Plastic Beach

Broken Bells
Broken Bells

Download Lucky Delucci's 'Winter on the Moon' from our download section here. Available throughout December!

New Artwork up for The Loves final Album 'The Loves... Love You' and 7" Vinyl artwork for Lucky Delucci's Double A side 'Winter on the Moon / Bright Beams of Light'. See it here.


November 2010

Lucky Delucci 'Winter on the Moon' music video now online. y Delucci's video for Winter on the Moon here. You can watch it on youtube here. Watch it on vimeo here. Or, even easier, watch it below...


September 2010

'X's for Eyes' FREE mp3 from Little My. Click on the image below to begin your download!

Little My X's for Eyes


Reviews of Ivan Moult's 'The Mine Canary' on the Indie Handbook

The last time I saw Ivan Moult, he had just played his fourth ever show with The School at the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh. We'd been lamenting the proposed closure of BBC 6 Music, and the generally sorry state of the music industry. Five months and 4000 miles now separate me from the Wee Red Bar. Since then, 6Music has been granted a reprieve and Ivan has released his debut solo EP, Mine Canary, through Cardiff's Bubblewrap Collective.

Mine Canary is a far cry from The School. Though there may be a dash of the 60s swirling around in the mix, you'll find no Phil Spector or Brill Building sounds here. You can trace Ivan's musical DNA through the folk scene and even deeper, dipping into the Delta blues. The songs are quite stripped down, Ivan's smoky vocals accompanied almost exclusively by his own guitar playing, their colour enhanced by generous use of open chord voicings and rare, minimal piano fills.

For a disc like Mine Canary, choosing a standout track is an exercise in futility as any one of the last three tracks could be your favourite song on any given day. But, for purely melodic reasons and the sheer unforgettability of it, "Fetch me a bucket" has got to be the high point of the collection. Like any good folk song, it has the ring of something you've loved all your life with no distinct point of origin. I cannot tell you how long I've heard "So fetch me some water, and some bread and a bucket. / Leave me to sleep it off and send me to my bed. / And tell me in the morning how I ended up corrupted. / And then I'll realise that you go straight to my head." going round in my head, because, as far as I know, it's always been there. What I can be sure of is this: when it is gone, it will be all too soon.

For years, miners in the UK and US would take canaries deep into the mines with them. So long as the birds remained healthy, the miners knew they were free from the immediate danger of toxic gas. And like its namesake, if Ivan Moult's Mine Canary is any indicator, the world is still a safe place for music.


August 2010

Reviews of Ivan Moult's 'The Mine Canary'...

Miniature Music Press 4.1/5
Taking a break from playing guitar in Cardiff's most relentlessly pop band, The School, Ivan Moult's EP The Mine Canary is a thoughtful and arresting work. The production is simple with Moult accompanying himself on guitar and occasionally piano. The sparseness of sound allows his lyrics to take centre stage and just likecanary of the album's title he inhabit's a dark world, wishes for the light and stoically accepts what ;ife has to offer. He tackles the subject of relationshipswith an urbane melancholy and disarming honesty. He literally appreciates any crumbs of comfort he is offered in songs like Fetch Me a Bucket and his observations of the seemingly inconsequential show a poetic heart. It can't be much fun being a mine canary, there is too much responsibilty to keep those around you safe but Moult accepts the challenge and leaves us wanting more. A definite grower of an EP.

New Sound Wales
This excellent first release from Cardiff's Ivan Moult is an impressive calling card and wouldn't have sounded out of place coming out of the Island Records early 1970s stable of singer song writers. The songs are subdued, reflective and have subtle embedded melodies that gradually reveal themselves. The more you listen, the more impact they have. 'I Might Get Cold' is the standout track and could do for his career what 'Run' did for Stephen Fretwell. Just when you thought things had gone a bit quiet for new talent along came Ivan Moult and my faith in new Welsh music is restored once more. Classy.


July 2010


Ivan Moult @ 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff on Tuesday 6th July. 7.30pm with support from Elephant & Soldier and The Sleepiest Trekker.

Joy Collective
Award for loveliest, fluffiest, crumbliest, flakiest (That's enough – Ed) gig of the week goes to this EP launch event. Ivan Moult inspires yelping and general perspiration from female students through his guitar playing in Cardiff's pop gems The School; this here evening however will see his acoustic side bust out (gently). Stand by for fine, unshowy and quietly beautiful folk music. Support comes from Elephant And Soldier, whose bedroom-based scrapbooks will make for intriguing live scenes, and The Sleepiest Trekker, who for all I know cover Biohazard songs on human bone keyboards while gargling fake blood. Although bear in mind they are called The Sleepiest Trekker.

Also check out the 4/5 review in Buzz this month. You can read it online here.


June 2010

NEW RELEASE! The Mine Canary by Ivan Moult

The Mine Canary EP captures the world weary ache that flows through Ivan’s songs, delivered with a trademark vocal tenderness that demonstrates an intriguing maturity and intelligence of a young man finding his own way in the world. The 5 tracks showcase a mouth watering talent, at home in gentle textures and thought provoking lyrics.

buy it here...

Poster Design for Fortuna Pop's Basement Scam Gig

New gig poster up. check it out here...

fortuna pop poster


May 2010

Lucky Delucci's New Single December 1986 is out now, single launch, BBC introducing and more reviews!

It is also available to buy from Spillers recordsitunes and cdbaby.

Come and celebrate the launch at Buffalos in Cardiff on May 5th with great support from Hail! The PlanesSilence at Sea and Ivan Moult. See the facebook Page here.

You can listen to Lucky Delucci's BBC Radio 1 inroducing in Wales with Bethan Elfyn here.

Miniature Music Press said this:
December 1986 is the first of a string of singles building up to Delucci’s potentially magnificent full-on album later in the year. Producer Kris Jenkins (SFA, Cate Le Bon) is on board and collectively he and the band have conjured a formidable sound. At first, it’s reminiscent of a pastoral Modest Mouse with its jerky guitar line and percussion but as it progresses it steadily develops into a sweeping epic resplendent in string, voices and glockenspiel. Equally pleasing is B-side Old Sound Of The River which is like the soundtrack to a flower wizard’s riverside walk. It shuffles and brims with sunshine. Bring on the album!

City Life, Cardiff said this:
Part of a group in Cardiff who seem to mix and match members and ideas. The single release demonstrates a growinf confidence and maturity in its tale of lost innocence. Their sound is loose and relaxed and will appeal to fans of Gorkys and Sufjan Stevens.

december 1986


April 2010

Early reviews for Lucky Delucci's forthcoming single December 1986

We've had a few reviews in from the States and song of the day on Music That I Like.

See the reviews here:

March 2010

The tenth and final E.P from Cardiff's twee poppers.

Featuring 4 great covers performed in their distinctive lo-fi style. The final of the decology of EP's is released on March 10th 2010 - celebrating their 4 year anniversary and timely exit from the stage.

The School Posters

Tour poster designs for 'The School's' UK Tour

Posters for Cardiff & London shows as well as the uk tour.

The School Posters

Some things have been said about Little My's Ninth and their inpending death...

You can read them by clicking these links... The Indie Handbook & Pull Yourself Together.
Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new release from Little My very soon...


February 2010

Little My's Ninth on Bubblewrap Records!

Bubblewrap are very happy to announce that Little My's Ninth EP is coming out under Bubblewrap Records from next Monday! The 4 track EP is now available to buy from our shop. Preorder now!

lm9 news


December 09

12 Days of Christmas on Huw Stephens Festive 10!

Click the link to see what he has to say and to see his other top 10 including Cherryade 'A Very Merry Christmas Volume 5', and Slow Club's Christmas, Thanks for Nothing EP': http://drownedinsound.com/news/4138748-huw-stephens-names-his-festive-ten

Lucky Delucci Feature on New Sound Wales

Check out an interview with Lucky Delucci frontman Josef Prygodicz on www.newsoundwales.com

Days of Christmas available now from itunes

You may have missed the Christmas post but download 12 Days of Chistmas now from itunes! 

More Reviews...

The Indie Handbook: http://theindiehandbook.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/a-switched-on-christmas-spectacular/
Buzz Magazine page 56: http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1j724/BuzzmagazineDec09/resources/index.htm
New Sound Wales:http://www.newsoundwales.co.uk/cd.htm
and Miniature Music Press gave it 3.5/5! 

First Review of 12 Days of Christmas is in!

The Music Fix give us our 1st review! (7/10) Check it out here... http://www.themusicfix.co.uk/content/review/8054/various-artists.html

12 Days of Christmas Release, 1st December.

The twelve bands involved were hand-picked by Richard Chitty (The School, Lucky Delucci, Little My) and Harri Davidson (The School, Little My), and were given 31 days to write and record a Christmas song incorporating one of the Twelve Days of Christmas. From a partridge in a pear tree to drummers drumming, each band has brought their own artistic style to create a fruitful spectrum of genres ranging from indie pop to folk to tweepop. See the music section for more details...

12 Days of Christmas


November 09


Magazine Cover Art for 'The Miniature Music Press', Issue 2

A bear playing a saxophone and an inquisitive monkey. Just a few of the details on offer here. Click the image to see the whole thing...