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Founded by Richard Dawson and harpist, Rhodri Davies, with the addition of Dawn Bothwell, Hen Ogledd’s meaning comes from the Welsh name for The Old North. Mogic is Hen Ogledd’s third LP, which sees the trio expanded to a quartet with Sally Pilkington joining the fray and is their most surprising and accessible work yet.
Mogic is a discombobulating pop prayer exploring artificial intelligence, witches, nanotechnology, pre-medieval history, robots, romance, computer games and waterfalls.
This dynamic record of eddies and swirls, ravishing melodies, hallucinatory textures and bonkers rhythms is pinned down by some deft performances: Pilkinton’s picture-perfect pop and earthy singing, Davies’ blazing harp splutterations and guitar moans, Bothwell’s twisted telephone techno and bamboozling lyric-bombs and Dawson’s utter bass. No small mention must go to special guest Will Guthrie, one of the finest and classiest drummers there is, who’s all over this record like long grass on dunes.