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' SWITCH'  - The brand new single by Welsh singer-songwriter SERA (Sera Zyborska).Once again working with acclaimed producer Andi Crutwell-Jones, plus the notable contribution of Nico CJ on violin and Len Whitehead on Electric guitar makes a full-sounding, statement of a song that again blends all  SERA's  favourite parts of Americana, folk and pop with her storytelling and folklore album theme.

'SWITCH'  is a bolt out of the dark, a harsh awakening. Empowerment.
 
Her album songs are all drawn from folklore and  SWITCH  is no different, drawing inspiration from Steam-punk, Frankenstein and the 'Freak Lab-accident' trope of the comic superhero.
SERA's  music is rooted in folk, Americana, singer-songwriter, with this track taking a further leap into energetic pop.
 
Praise for 'Switch'   

'Switch' has been recently added to  BBC Radio Wales  A-List Playlist.

'Switch is full of dark magic, bold and energetic, Bewitching and full of surprises'
Voidd Music Blog  
 
SERA 'When I Wake Up' Album   The brand new album by SERA is out on CD July 31st (pre-orders from July 17th) and on digital and streaming platforms from August 14th. The album is a collection of 11 tracks, all inspired by folklore. This album takes a little bit of folk, Americana, singer-songwriter and pop and mixes it in a musical cauldron!


Physical Copies of 'When I Wake Up' (Available 31st July)   
https://sera-songs.bandcamp. com/    https://www.cegrecords.com/ sera  

'When I Wake Up' Released Digitally on 14th August.  

Virtual Album Launch Party: 14th August Facebook LIve
https://www.facebook.com/ events/790824428120019  



SERA BIO  

A pianist, guitar player and a singer-songwriter, SERA (Sera Zyborska) has been writing, recording and performing in both English and Welsh for a while. Over the last couple of years, SERA has spent time in the studio working and writing with producer Andi Crutwell-Jones, looking at the real stories she wanted to tell with a sound that matched her ambition. The result is a collection of songs inspired by anxiety, love, nostalgia, ancestry, witches, ships and lost worlds. It's all there.

Having grown up in Caernarfon, North Wales, a place steeped in history, culture, between the Snowdonia Mountains and the Irish sea, you could understand her love of folklore and how landscape is a big source of inspiration behind her music.
 
SERA  was selected as a  BBC Horizons  artist for 2019-2020, and played a live session in the legendary  BBC Maida Vale Studios SERA  is also a part of new Americana band  TAPESTRI  with Lowri Evans and folk duo  EVE & SERA  with Eve Goodman. She has a band in Cardiff as well as a function band in North Wales called  SUSPECTS  


'SERA is clearly proven to be a sheer multi-talent with her new upcoming release.
With a clever Welsh hook and angelic voice combined to give a sing-and-dance-along musical audacity to every chord progression'  – Jammerzine  

'....distinctive and powerful'  - Folk Radio   

'SERA has been weaving together stories with an Americana rootsy twang which has so far earned her comparisons to Amanda Palmer and Joni Mitchell'.  - PRS for Music  

"Sera Owen is a singer-songwriter from Caernarfon, now living in Cardiff. A recent recipient of a Lyndsey Du Paul PRS for Music prize for emerging women songwriters. She writes and performs in both English and Welsh. Her last album, ‘Little Girl,’ which had Americana and folk influences, received praise from BBC 6 Music – “A beautiful gem of a song” (Chris Hawkins) and Folk Radio UK, among many – “A thoroughly absorbing journey from start to finish.”  - Festival No 6  
 
Sera Website:  https://www. serasongs.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ Serasongs
Facebook:   https://www. facebook.com/Serasongs/
Instagram:   https://www. instagram.com/serasongs/
Spotify:   https://open.spotify. com/artist/ 2R4Pz7h7LHtxHObkJB8ifb

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“The hiss is another instrument” and it’s an instrument integral to the new recordings, sounds and songs by KEYS. Over the next few weeks we will be unveiling the latest collection of songs by the band, as Matthew Evans vocals / guitar / songwriter explains: “We recorded these tracks on Cassette four track machines during lockdown. Let’s not pretend we had access to an expensive studio, we didn’t. It was a time to connect with bedroom songwriting again. These are not band arrangements worked out in a rehearsal room – these were written and recorded simultaneously. Not demos but songs that took shape during the "recording process.”

The hiss of the cassette turning is the sound of the endless possibilities and magic of the pop song spilling out in vivid colours at the exact moment inspiration took hold. No second guessing or over thinking, only the joy of creating.

A perfect example of this is the first single ‘This Side of Luv’. “This was our attempt at joyous early 70’s Midlands pop. 3-day weeks, winters of discontent, a Tory government…yet out of that bleakness came some heroic, ecstatic British pop music.

Music has the power to lift the spirit, if we can do that for 3 and a half minutes then we’ll feel our efforts were not in vain.” Matthew summarises this collection of songs, also written in trying times,  as: “something to help us get through this lockdown. Hopefully you can use it too.”

Online KEYS

https://twitter.com/thekeysmusic

https://www.facebook.com/KEYSband1

https://soundcloud.com/libertinorecords

https://www.libertinorecords.com

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Bydd Sera Zyborska (o Gaernarfon) a Lowri Evans (o Drefdraeth Sir Benfro) yn gyfarwydd i gynulleidfaoedd miwsig Cymru fel artistiaid dwyieithog sydd wedi bod yn ysgrifennu, perfformio a recordio yn unigol ers amser. Rhyngddynt maent wedi cael eu hyrwyddo ar BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, wedi perfformio ym mhobman o ŵyl y Dyn Gwyrdd i Gŵyl Rhif 6, o King Tut’s yn Glasgow i’r Union Chapel; O Gymru i America i Ffrainc, sydd fel mae'n digwydd, lle bu’r ddwy yn cyfarfod am y tro cyntaf y llynedd, wrth berfformio ym mhafiliwn Cymru yng ngŵyl Lorient yn Awst 2019.

Sbardunodd y cyfarfod cyntaf hwn syniad i ffurfio band gyda merched ar y blaen, a chreu eu brand eu hunain o ‘Americana’; band â all berfformio ar lwyfannau mawr a chynrychioli lleisiau menywod. Wedi’i ysbrydoli gan The Highwomen, ‘supergroup’ o’r Unol Daleithiau sy’n cynnwys Brandi Carlile ac Amanda Shires, a ffurfiodd fel ymateb i ddiffyg cynrychiolaeth artistiaid benywaidd ar radio a gwyliau canu gwlad.

Mae ei caneuon yn cymryd eu lliwiau cerddorol o balet eang sy'n cynnwys Americana, ‘Roots’, Gwerin a Gwlad.

Mae nhw wedi cael dechrau anodd a dweud y lleiaf. Roedd Tapestri am lansio mewn sioe yn Y Galeri Caernarfon yn ôl ym mis Chwefror, ond cafodd ei ganslo oherwydd difrod i'r theatr gan Storm Ciara. Yna fe gafodd ei phlaniau i recordio a rhyddhau EP a mynd ar daith haf, fel gyda llawer o artistiaid a bandiau eraill, ei effeithio gan amodau Covid-19. Ond er eu bod yn byw 4 awr ar wahân, mae Lowri a Sera wedi llwyddo i barhau i weithio ar eu recordiadau. ‘Y Fflam’ yw fersiwn Gymraeg o’i trac ‘Open Flame’ a fydd ar eu EP yn y dyfodol.



‘Y Fflam’ is the first single from newly formed ‘Tapestri;’ the Americana band fronted by Lowri Evans and Sera Zyborska

Sera (from Caernarfon) and Lowri (from Newport Pembs) will be especially familiar to Welsh music audiences as two bilingual singer-songwriters that have been writing, performing and recording as solo artists for some time. Between them they have been championed on BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, performed everywhere from Greenman, Festival Number 6, from King Tut’s to the Union Chapel; From Wales to America to France, which is as it happens, where the two met for the first time last year, performing at the Welsh Pavilion at the Lorient Celtic festival in August 2019.

This first meeting sparked an idea to form a female fronted band and to create their own brand of Americana; an act that could headline and represent women’s voices. Inspired by The Highwomen , a US ‘supergroup’ featuring Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires, who formed as a response to the lack of representation of women artists on country music radio and festivals.  

Their songs take their musical colours from a broad palette that includes Americana, Roots, Folk and Country, all beautifully knitted together through their innate musicality and heartfelt delivery. 

They’ve had a bumpy start to say the least. Tapestri was due to launch at a show in Y Galeri Caernarfon back in February, which was cancelled due to theatre damage from Storm Ciara. Their EP release and subsequent summer tour then, as with many other artists and bands, suffered from the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown. But despite being a 4 hour drive apart, Lowri and Sera have managed to continue to work on their recordings. ‘Y Fflam’ is the Welsh language version of their ‘Open Flame’ track from their forthcoming EP.



Cyfryngau Cymdeithasol/Social Media

www.facebook.com/tapestrimusic

Twitter @tapestrimusic

Instagram @tapestrimusic

Cysylltu/Contact

Bookings: tapestrimusic@gmail.com

Label: Shimi Records

Cyfryngau/Media: kev@pyst.cymru / Nannon@pyst.cymru

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West Wales Hip Hop collective 'Culture Vultures' have teamed up with lead singer of Welsh Music Prize winning Post-Punk band Adwaith. Hollie Singer joins the group on vocals and galvanises the collaboration between both Carmarthen based artists.

Reflection (ft Hollie Singer & Dai Pump$) suceeds in painting a not so obvious stereo typical tourist board image of Wales, with its dark gritty visuals and serious topics that address opiod and social media addiction. Filmed in Cardiff the video could be described as Celtic Noir, a bleak but realistic view of isolation and confusion amongst youth in Wales today.

Reflection is taken from Culture Vultures new album WOTW:One (Way Of The Winger) released through West Wales diy collective Winger Records.

The track does not obviously sit in any genre With Hollie coming from Post punk/indie rock Welsh language band Adwaith and the Vultures having a very eclectic approach to making rap music that encompasses influences far and wide, have a listen to the album to get a better understanding off this  www.wingerreords.com

WOTW: One On Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/album/0IM8sj06QugE8St5VMXpuq


Online Links for Culture Vultures:



Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ChysAVEy3O2VavkVgx5n2/about
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SquawkResidents
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/squawktownresidents/
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/culture-vultures

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BUY 'YOU GIVE A LITTLE LOVE' HERE



Following weeks of preparation, at 9pm on 1st May, The Indoor Mortal Orchestra, a 17-strong virtually-assembled collective of music professionals, began the bewildering challenge of crowdsourcing a mini-orchestra & array of vocalists to record, produce & release a charity single cover of 'You Give a Little Love'’ — all in 24 hours.

This over-ambitious challenge was inspired by comedian  Mark Watson 's 24-hour  Watsonathon  on-line fundraising event, whose long-form comedy shows often involve elaborate & seemingly impossible challenges set or taken on by audience members.

Over the course of a calendar day, The Indoor Mortal Orchestra’s production team pulled off the inspiring feat of assembling, mixing, editing & synching individually & remotely recorded music & vocal parts + video footage, chosen from 60+ contributors around the world, producing a joyous version of the classic movie-musical number. The end result is a glorious celebration of collaboration & community.

Contributors include Miles Jupp (vocals), Kevin Eldon (vocals), Duglas T. Stewart (vocals; BMX Bandits), Will Calderbank (cello; Mumford and Sons, The Leisure Society, Ray Davies), Jen Schande (vocals; Schande), Danny Green (vocals; DGSolaris, Laish), Simon Love (vocals, guitar; The Loves), Richard Jackson (vocals; composer, Albatros Archive), & Shenandoah Davis (vocals; singer-songwriter, Paul Williams live band alumna) + multiple amateur & talented musicians & singers who answered the call on the day.

All profits are in aid of the charities  FareShare  (national network of charitable food redistributors),  Hospice IGN  (the professional association for UK Hospice fundraisers) &  NextUp ’s Heckle The Virus fund (supporting out-of-work circuit comedians.)

Help give a little love back to those who need it most right now & buy or stream to donate & assist.

Thank you x



The Indoor Mortal Orchestra

Email:  theindoormortalorchestr a@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://fb.me/indoormortals

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/indoo rmortals  

Mark Watsons’s 24 Hour Watsonathon

Twitch:  www.twitch.tv/watsonco medy  

Event Fund:  www.gofundme.com/f/the-w atsonathon  

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/eve nts/265035834678193/

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Dau Gam Single

Derw’s debut single ‘Dau Gam’ is coming out on 1st May on CEG Records. Influenced by chamber pop bands like The National and Elbow, the track deals with how to find peace within yourself and what it’s like to sometimes feel like a stranger in your own mind.

Cardiff based Derw was started by songwriter Dafydd Dabson and his mother, lyricist Anna Georgina, after they got to the final round of Can i Gymru in 2018 and decided they would like to keep writing together. Fronted by Welsh/Iranian vocalist Elin Fouladi their debut EP ‘Yr Unig Rhai Sy’n Cofio’ will be released later in 2020 and features contributions from musicians from Welsh acts Zervas and Pepper, Afrocluster and Codewalkers.

Named after Anna’s father, Derwas, the band have a strong connection with the past and their family history. Full of interesting stories, the intention of ‘Yr Unig Rhai Sy’n Cofio’ is to make sure they are remembered.


Derw Bio

Derw started as a project between songwriter Dafydd Dabson and his mum Anna Georgina, a lyricist, after they got to the final of S4C songwriting competition Can i Gymru in 2018 and decided to keep writing together. The band is fronted by Welsh/Iranian singer Elin Fouladi and their debut EP 'Yr Unig Rhai Sy'n Cofio' involves musicians from Welsh acts Zervas and Pepper, Afrocluster and Codewalkers.

Drawing on chamber pop influences like The National and Elbow, the band has a strong connection with the past and their family history and is named after Anna's father - Derwas. Their family is full of interesting stories and 'Yr Unig Rhai Sy'n Cofio' (The Only Ones Who Remember) is about making sure these stories are documented, recorded and remembered.

The track 'Mikhail' is about a friend Derwas met while studying in Jerusalem in 1926. Mikhail grew up in Russia and his father was part of the imperial navy. One night in 1917, when Mikhail was nine and his mother was away, the Bolsheviks came to his house, took his father into another room and shot him. Mikhail then moved to Palestine with his mother and, when he was 19, met Derwas, a studentfrom Oxford. They then spent years exploring the wilderness together and trying to find peace.

The lyrics for 'Silver', the final track of the EP, are taken from a poem written by Anna's mother in the 1930s. She loved writing and had notebooks full of poetry she'd written. She tried several times to get them published but never managed it so it gives Anna and Dafydd a huge amount of pleasure to be able to make use of one of them now. Their debut single ‘Dau Gam’ is coming out on CEG Recordson May 1st.  


Derw Online

https://www.derwband.com/

https://www.instagram.com/derwband/

https://twitter.com/DerwBand

https://www.facebook.com/DerwBand

https://soundcloud.com/derwband

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Release Date: 12 May 2020 on Olive Grove Records    

            
Format: Digital Download 


Stream/download donations welcome

The Indoor Mortal Orchestra - You Give A Little Love


Between 9pm-thru-9pm 1st-2nd May, following weeks of preparation, The Indoor Mortal Orchestra, a 17-strong virtually-assembled collective of music professionals, began the bewildering challenge of crowdsourcing a mini-orchestra & array of vocalists to record, produce & release a charity single cover of Bugsy Malone’s hope-filled earworm, ' You Give a Little Love' — all in 24 hours. This over-ambitious challenge was inspired by comedian Mark Watson's 24-hour Watsonathon on-line fundraising event, whose long-form comedy shows often involve elaborate & seemingly impossible challenges set or taken on by audience members.
 
Over the course of a calendar day, The Indoor Mortal Orchestra’s production team pulled off the inspiring feat of assembling, mixing, editing & synching individually & remotely recorded music & vocal parts + video footage, chosen from 60+ contributors around the world, producing a joyous version of the classic movie-musical number. The end result is a glorious celebration of collaboration & community.

Contributors include Miles Jupp (vocals), Kevin Eldon (vocals), Duglas T. Stewart (vocals; BMX Bandits), Will Calderbank(cello; Mumford and Sons, The Leisure Society, Ray Davies), Jen Schande (vocals; Schande), Danny Green (vocals; DGSolaris, Laish), Simon Love (vocals, guitar; The Loves), Richard Jackson (vocals; composer, Albatros Archive), & Shenandoah Davis (vocals; singer-songwriter, Paul Williams live band alumna) + multiple amateur & talented musicians & singers who answered the call on the day. Full details of all contributors can be found in the full official music video accompanying the single release
 
All profits are in aid of the charities FareShare (national network of charitable food redistributors), Hospice IGN (the professional association for UK Hospice fundraisers) & NextUp’s Heckle The Virus fund (supporting out-of-work circuit comedians).

Help give a little love back to those who need it most right now & buy or stream to donate & assist.

Thank you x




The Indoor Mortal Orchestra

Email:  theindoormortalorchestr a@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://fb.me/indoor mortals

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/indoo rmortals  

Mark Watons’s 24 Hour Watsonathon

Twitch:  www.twitch.tv/watsonco medy  

Event Fund:  www.gofundme.com/f/the-w atsonathon  

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/eve nts/265035834678193/  
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/watso ncomedian




Charities

fareshare.org.uk/  — national network of charitable surplus and unwanted food redistributors 

www.hospice-ign.org.uk/  —  professional association for UK Hospice fundraisers

Nextupcomedy.com/ — emergency fund for COVID-19 displaced professional comedians


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YNYS - 'Aros am Byth' (Waiting Forever)

‘Aros am Byth (Waiting Forever) is the new single from Ynys. Recorded at Tŷ Drwg studios in Cardiff with Ynys’s producer Frank Naughton and mixed by Iwan Morgan (Cate Le Bon, Richard James, Islet, H.Hawkline)

‘Aros am Byth’ brings together 70s Italian disco synths and 90s power pop harmonies which will be THE sound of 2021. Full of hopeful longing and possessing a magical combination of melancholy and star eyed wonder.  

As Dylan Hughes (singer/songwriter) explains “the vibe I was trying to get was Jeff Lynne taking over the studio after being at a Tame Impala listening party”. Music's future, present and past all coming together in a perfectly crafted pop song.



* WAITING FOREVER * Lyrics (English)


It’s hard to spin those plates,

While the stars in the sky

Are trying to show there’s trears in your eyes.


Greetings are now goodbyes

It happens all the time

Too far to ask if it’s all alright


Chorus

Waiting forever

Are you going to wait forever, with me?


Each night before we leave

It happens all the time

Still reading between the lines


Do you have the answer?

Is it waiting for us somewhere?

With a map to show us where to go

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* AROS AM BYTH * Lyrics (Welsh)


Dyw’r ddisgyl byth yn wastad

Ac mae’r ser sydd yn y gofod

Yn trio dweud fod dagrau yn dy lygaid.


Mae cyfarch â hwyl yn rhy gyfarwydd nawr,

a ti bach rhy bell,

i fi ofyn os ti’n iawn.


Chorus

Wyt ti’n mynd i aros?

Wyt ti’n mynd i aros am byth,

Gyda fi?


Darllen neges ar y ffordd,

Un nos cyn mynd i ffwrdd,

A cofio y tro cyntaf i ni gwrdd.


Oes gyda ti yr ateb

Pan fi’n teimlo’n ddi gyfeiriad?

Neu map i ddangos ble mae’r ffordd


YNYS Online Links:

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Spotify:  https://open.spotify. com/artist/ 75PIKPVyTJ7GQFckxfsTtl

Facebook:  https://www. facebook.com/YnysMusic/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ ynysmusic

Label:  https://www. libertinorecords.com


 

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THE INDOOR MORTAL ORCHESTRA NEEDS YOU!


By Ceri Shaw, 2020-04-29

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THE INDOOR MORTAL ORCHESTRA NEEDS YOU!




WHO ARE WE?

A team of talented and experienced music creatives from around the UK assembled under the collective  The Indoor Mortal Orchestra  — a celebration of collaboration and community.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

A fundraising challenge, as part of  Mark Watson’s 24 Hour Watsonathon  in aid of  Fareshare Hospice IGN  and  Next Up  — helping those who, through no fault of their own, currently can't help themselves.

WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?

Record, professionally produce and release a cover version of You Give a Little Love from the musical Bugsy Malone. All from crowdsourced singers and musicians. With a music video. All in 24 hours.

WHAT’S OUR GOAL?

Raise LOTS of money and, hopefully, morale. The completed song will be available on Bandcamp in the last hour of the event and a week later across all major streaming platforms. It’s our care package for the ears.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We need singers — LOTS of singers — and proficient musicians with unusual instruments, with the ability to home record audio and video, to help us complete this challenge and raise lots of money.

WHEN’S IT HAPPENING?

Mark Watson’s 24 Hour Watsonathon  starts 9pm May 1st and continues until 9pm the following evening.




IT WOULD BE AMAZING IF YOU CAN JOIN IN AND HELP GIVE A LITTLE LOVE BACK TO THE WORLD!



 

(hashtag) JoinTIMO  (hashtag)TIMO2020  (hashtag)TheIndoorMortalOrchestra



The Indoor Mortal Orchestra

Email:  theindoormortalorchestr a@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://fb.me/ indoormortals

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ indoormortals  

 

Mark Watons’s 24 Hour Watsonathon

Twitch:  www.twitch.tv/ watsoncomedy  

Event Fund:  www.gofundme.com/f/the- watsonathon  

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ events/265035834678193/  

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ watsoncomedian


Charities

fareshare.org.uk/  — national network of charitable surplus and unwanted food redistributors 

www.hospice-ign.org.uk/  —  professional association for UK Hospice fundraisers

Nextupcomedy.com/  — emergency fund for COVID-19 displaced professional comedians

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My plan is to curate a documentary covering the electronic music scene in Wales during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The aim is to focus on contextualising the era in relation to the music coming out during the period and to understand the how, when and why of it all. By extension, we hope to explore the identity held by the people of Wales during the 1980/1990’s all the way through to today’s notions.

Having played some of the music out in Bristol, and knowing that many of the global underground DJ’s have recently taken an interest in our bit of the world I wanted to give the music and the people behind it their deserved screen time. I also want to look at the way it's being perceived today by listeners outside of Wales, and to better understand this search for ‘the exotic’ in the underground music scene today.

However, to make this the best documentary it possibly can be we need the stories of those who were there to experience it all. This goes full circle, from artist to label to booker to listener. We need to hear the stories from everyone involved at the time. In addition, we are desperately trying to get hold of the vinyl / cassettes / CD’s from the era for use in the documentary. So if you or anyone you know might have some of the listed releases please get in contact. 

Here's the list of relevant releases for people to look through: Cerddoriaeth Electronig Cymraeg

Please contact   kiernanabb@gmail.com


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