When I visited Llandeilo last summer it struck me as a quietly beautiful South Wales town with a really fantastic ice-cream / chocolate / sweet shop and access to rolling countryside and numerous old hilltop castles. I didn’t know at the time that the town hosted the 2008 World Sheepdog Trials, or that it was the birthplace of Stefan Cush of The Men They Couldn’t Hang.
And I had no idea that Owain Gwilym and Angharad Van Rijswijk were probably busy somewhere nearby working away on what they describe as their ‘half-Welsh / half-Dutch Elekctro-Folk-Rave’. “Breakthrough” features ESSA, and is quite rightly getting a lot of love, not least by BBC 6 Music, who included Trwbador in their recent #Blog6Music show.
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It’s amazing what you can do with a 1994 Casio keyboard and an acoustic guitar. Or at least it is if you’re the mad genius creator sort, and you can tie those elements together (or affix with velcro) into a piece about discovering great music on late night radio. Which is exactly what Welsh album of the year winner, former Super Furry Animals frontman, and the half of Neon Neon that is Gruff Rhys does on Sensations in the Dark.
The lovely Patio Song, from the lovely Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, from their album “Barafundle”, named after a bay in south Wales. I was there last month, and guess what? It’s lovely.
The Welsh lyrics, by the way, apparently translate something like this:
Hold my hand
But the winter’s so long
it takes too much of the land