Days Like Now by Huw Marc BennettRelease date: July 21, 2023
Label: Albert's Favourites
Huw Marc Bennett is no newbie, as this Welsh producer and bassist has already been praised by the likes of Cerys Matthews, Gilles Peterson, and Stuart Maconie, among others.
Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Bennett is on the right musical track that will suit almost anybody, unless, of course, they are in for some cool, relaxing, and thoroughly summery sounds of his latest album Days Like Now.
To reach the level of musical quality he comes up with on this album, Bennett has looked out no a wide palette of musical genres – from cool jazz to folk (particularly of his Welsh and Celtic background), soul, and dub. Yet, he has not gone out to put an accent on any specific style or genre at any point but has seamlessly integrated his musical inspiration into a reasonable whole.
At the same time, though, the summery sounds have a more serious background running throughout the album, where, for example, ‘Red Valley’ refers to the Welsh who left their homes between 1936 and 1939 to fight in the Spanish Civil War against Franco and the rise of fascism.
And yet, the seemingly light music and more serious themes form a counterpoint that makes them work together in excellent unison here.