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Following on from 2017’s ‘The Meanderlux Vessel’, Quodega are back with a brand new album at the end of May. ‘Only Forward’ is a departure from the scintillating post-rock debut, instead adopting the form of super-charged, perspicacious electronica. The brainchild of award-winning composer Tom Raybould, whose work has previously been released by Rough Trade and Warp Records, ‘Only Forward’ will be available as a limited vinyl run of 100 records, as well as digital release across all online platforms. 

The first single taken from the album, ‘I Design Your Eyes’, reverts to Raybould’s previous body of work under the pseudonym Zwolf, incorporating influences from the early works of Boards of Canada, Autechre and Plaid and filtering them through the unique contours of his own musical imagination. The resultant cinematic scope and aesthetic draws upon these threads alongside Raybould’s extensive soundtrack work. Recent plaudits in this field include a Welsh BAFTA for indie film ‘The Machine’, with the OST also being released in 2019 by Swiss niche vinyl label We Release What The Fuck We Want To Records. 

The album will be released on the 31st May on a limited run of 100 heavyweight black vinyl, each housed in its own laser cut sleeve, and comes with a digital download. 

The release will also coincide with a month long residency for Raybould at Shift Art Space, Cardiff. Here the album will be deconstructed in reaction to the space, resulting in the creation of interactive sound installations available for audience manipulation and culminating in a live 5.1 performance of the record. 

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‘Safety in Numbers’ is the third single released by the Cardiff based Post-Punk / New Wave four piece Silent Forum on Libertino. Following on from the swaggering, off-kilter, infectious pop energy of ‘How I Faked The Moon Landing’ and ‘Robot’, ‘Safety in Numbers’ explores a far more reflective musical landscape. This is a song that “expresses the importance of looking after your friends......that time will forget us, but that our relationships are the most meaningful thing we can achieve in life.”

Yet again Silent Forum delivers a song very much on their terms, a song that resonates with kindness and a musicality that captures your heart.

Performing under the name Silent Forum since late 2015, the four-piece deemed Wales' most promising band blends shadowy Post Punk with uplifting, inspiring New Wave. They move unpredictably from serious and direct to playful and overblown. Since they signed to Libertino records their sound has taken an ambitious turn, gathering praise for epic singles like 'How I Faked the Moon Landing' and 'Robot'. They have an eagerly awaited debut album set for release later this year.

Destroy//Exist "The sound sophisticated and playful at the same time, certainly reminiscent of the artful progressive pop sound of XTC, the nerve of Wire and the new wave idiosyncrasy of Squeeze and Talking Heads, while maintaining the entirety of the quartet's fervent originality."

Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales “Silent Forum have an album planned for release on Libertino for next year, which I am really excited for. Both singles so far have been different but still recognisably them. There is something really interesting, almost PIL-like with those guitars."


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John MOuse returns with a breakup song in the guitar driven indie pop vein of 2014’s “I was a Goalkeeper”. Coming off the back of the experimental art Project “The Fen Sessions” where John MOuse wrote, produced, released and then deleted an album over a weekend, “There’s a hole in my heart (an area the size of Wales) is a punchy indie dance floor classic and is backed up with a remix of Gladiator / Contender by Bristol’s Greg Stoddard exclusively via the Bandcamp site. John MOuse will be promoting the single at Devaudin Festival, Chepstow on May 18th and Sugarfest Bristol May 26th.

John MOuse is a left of centre artist from Cardiff. John’s most recent album “The Fen Sessions” was written and released over a weekend and then deleted on the Monday. Collaborations with Sweet Baboo, Prince Edward Island, Los Campesinos and TV’s Steve Jones have littered his 5 studio albums all of which have receive critical praise and garnered airplay and support from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe and Stuart Maconie.

John MOuse was born out of John’s previous band JT Mouse, which featured members of Zabrinksi, The Spencer McGarry Season and Steven Black AKA Sweet Baboo. John’s debut album released in 2006, on Crocfinger records was a collection of home tape recordings. It’s “A Universal” showed glimpses of the intriguing lyrical content that John MOuse future albums will become synonymous with.

2010 saw the release of the first and long-term songwriting partnership with Phil Pearce. Pearce, songwriter for Scottish fronted Prince Edward Island and Faye Davies creative partnership helped form “Humber Dogger Forties” which can be classed as the first proper John MOuse album. The album featured TV’s Steve Jones duet-ting with his step brother on “The Last Great Rhondda Romance”, a tale of two young boys falling in love in the South Wales Valleys.

“The Death of John MOuse” was mooted as the last John MOuse album. The deterioration of the song writing relationship reinforcing the title of what was to be MOuse’s most successful album to date. Lead single “I Was a Goalkeeper” a tale of old friends reuniting, another duet, this time featuring Gareth Paisey of Los Campesinos, was released prior to the 2014 World Cup and garnered unprecedented coverage for any previous John MOuse release.

A new era of John MOuse was born out of the album, and John hooked up with a new live band from his Rhondda home. Featuring members of MEA (a local Metal band) a revolving number of bass players and Paul Scunge Sheppard of 90’s Indie outfit Hopper, John went on to tour the UK. His live show, now with a new harder edge, but still full to the brim of performance, saw the band supporting the likes of Future of the Left, Half Man Half Biscuit, Malcolm Middleton and The Wave Pictures and at Festivals including two memorable sets at Green Man festival.

Eclectic, eccentric, genre hopping, have been both the strength and weakness to John MOuse career. A comparison of artist list the size of the doomsday book including bands such as Pulp, Roddy Frame, The Wedding Present, Art Brut, the list goes on and on. The saving grace and constant though is MOuse’s lyrics. The words are immersed in cultural artefact and personalities. Comic, bittersweet and nostalgia are recurring themes in all of John MOuse’s albums.

In 2018 John MOuse released “Replica Figures” the second album on Keep Me in Your Heart Records, and saw him return to work with JT Mouse member Stephen Black aka Sweet Baboo. The album was again Chameleonic in style and was somewhat a return to his lo-fi roots.

In early 2019. John MOuse attempted his most ambitious release to date. Writing, recording, producing, mixing, mastering and releasing an album over a weekend. Each track had a two-hour window and was uploaded for free download, until 9am on the Monday morning when “The Fen Sessions” would be deleted forever. Working again with long term songwriting partner Phil Pearce, Faye Davies and Jon Hodges, “The Fen Sessions” is a concept album never to be heard again.

28 musicians, both live and in the studio, have worked with John Mouse, reflecting the forever changing sounds and styles, and progressive nature of each John MOuse live show and release.

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ynys.jpgYnys is a new project by Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg. The songs of Ynys combine Dylan’s melodic gift and adventurous playful song craft into a rich collection of melancholic harmonies and off-kilter psychedelic pop songs that mirror the vulnerability, yet assured, classicism of alternative touchstones such as Velvet Underground, Elliot Smith and Teenage Fan Club. This Aberystwyth exile based these songs on hundreds of voice recordings collected over the previous four years. They reflect moments and ideas captured in a dream-like state in a twilight suburbia, where the ordinary and mundane become the extraordinary and magical. – Libertino Records

‘Caneuon’ (Songs) is the first material recorded and released by Dylan since his days in Race Horses and it’s been worth the wait. With an open and big chorus that envelopes the listener into his world; ‘Caneuon’ is inviting and unforgettable. It’s a hymn to the power of an ‘unexpected song’ saved from the past and it overflows with longing for the pure joy that music brings. Caneuon was recorded in Tŷ Drwg with renowned Cardiff producer Frank Naughton and mixed and mastered by Iwan Morgan (Gruff Rhys, Euros Childs, H Hawkline, Cate Le Bon, Meilyr Jones) in Liverpool.



CANEUON (Songs)

Verse

Like the friend, who’s gone away,
Lost, and far away.
Another year behind your eyes,
Still waiting for something to return
Like the key under the stone, waiting for the door
Another reason to meet, and run away

Chorus

I was listening to Gegin Nos,
When it all came back.
The old lost melodies, are always here for you.


Verse
It starts to happen, one day at a time,
The voice I’ve heard a thousand times.
Sometimes when you’re lost, and no one understands.


In another dream, I’ll hear you singing once again,
Another reason to meet, and run away

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“Welsh Language emo heroes Breichiau Hir are one of the best kept secrets I reckon, combining urgency and melody and leaving you want to cry and learn Welsh”
Huw Stephens

Welsh punk band Breichiau Hir deliver an urgent call to arms with their new single, ‘Penblwydd Hapus Iawn' (A Very Happy Birthday). An unflinching three minutes of punk aggression powered by a wall of three-pronged guitars and cathartic screams, underscored by brittle melodic interplay, reminiscent of the band’s early influences, Sunny Day Real Estate, At The Drive In and The Get Up Kids, it proves that Breichiau Hr's visceral prescient sound is primed for wider attention. Steffan Dafydd the band’s lyricist and vocalist explains: "the setting of the song is a catastrophic birthday party I attended a few years ago where I witnessed the worst in some of the best people”.

It's Breichiau Hir’s third release on West Wales imprint Libertino records, home to the most exciting emerging Welsh acts(Adwaith, Los Blancos, Silent Forum). If ever a band was needed to soundtrack these unhinged times, where there is a lack of political and social responsibility and accountability, Breichiau Hir fill that void with passion and honesty.  

Breichiau Hir are a cult Welsh language six-piece with a rich history spanning over a decade that depicts just how committed they are to their cause. They met in 2008 when they were schoolmates in Cardiff, inspired by the post-hardcore, punk and emo bands of the 1990s. They released a handful of self-produced DIY singles and played numerous shows throughout their university years.  "In 2015 we recorded our EP Mae'r Angerdd Yma Yn Troi Yn Gas.” Says Dafydd “We were still experimenting and seeing what fits.  This was the first time we had recorded a collection of songs all in one studio with Mei Gwynedd who also released it via his label Jigcal"  The singles 'Toddi' and 'Ti A Dy Ffordd' both received airplay and critical acclaim. Ti A Dy Ffordd was picked out as 2015's song of the year in Golwg magazine.

In 2018, they signed to Libertino Records and released the dark melodic sound of double-a side, 'Halen' and  'Mewn Darnau', rounding off the year with the speak/shouty punk single, 'Portread O Ddyn Yn Bwyta Ei Hun.'

 Translated Lyrics:

OK, I’d like to say that I have nothing better to say
I’ve already used these words
I don’t want to do anything
I’d say that’s worse for me than it is for you

Biting tongues and keeping things to yourselves
Someone here deserves anything better but being here
OK, she didn’t do anything
But here you are, staring, completely still.

And I have nothing more to say
So I’m getting out of here fast
A very happy birthday to you

Thank God, I have to leave now
Your face has turned white, your veins tight
You’re black magic that only works on me I hate every day
 I’m an overflowing glass of juice, and everyday sips away at me

 What a very happy birthday to you

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image004.pngBBC Cymru Wales and Arts Council of Wales are today announcing that the search for Horizons artists to join its 2019 project is now underway.

Celebrating its 5th year this year, Horizons has given a platform to over 48 emerging artists from Wales giving them opportunities to reach new audiences in Wales, the UK and beyond. And now they’re looking for 12 new artists.

The application process is now open. The 12 successful acts will be supported in various ways over the next 12 months – with opportunities to appear at festivals and events, on the radio including BBC Wales’ national services - BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales and on social media.

The Horizons project aims to showcase promising talent in Wales. Highlights over the past five years include recording at the world-renowned Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Maida Vale Studios in London, and an exclusive collaboration with partners like the Football Association of Wales who are currently showcasing Horizons’ artist’s music as the soundtrack of Welsh football.

As the Horizons project celebrates its fifth year, there are plans to work with new partners as well as bring a host of new and former Horizons artists together to create some extra special moments across 2019.

Bethan Elfyn, Project Manager of Horizons at BBC Wales, said:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming 12 new musical talents to the project. In this fifth year we’ll be on a mission to celebrate the role the project plays; we’re proud of everything from the grassroots work we do to the larger scale collaborations, representing a wide range of diverse musical styles, talents, locations and backgrounds. Horizons is a crucial injection into an already energised, and prolific Welsh music scene.”

“By supporting a group of artists, not only do we help nurture new talent but create a window on Welsh music at home as well as further afield. Our vision continues to be to bring a new, fresh sound to represent a modern Wales – and some of the stories from the Welsh music world are having a huge cultural impact at a crucial time.”

Lisa Matthews, Portfolio Manager at Arts Council of Wales, says:

"We’re proud to support Horizons for a further year and see another 12 artists have a creative and potentially career changing year. There’s been some incredible opportunities created so far and we’re looking forward with excitement to enabling more developmental music experiences."

Applications are open from April 4 to Midnight, May 1, and announcements will follow in June. Acts who want to be considered fill in a form online via bbc.co.uk/horizons. Horizons acts will be selected by a panel of experts from within the partnership and the wider music sector.

Please follow Twitter and Facebook - @horizonscymru - for all the information.

Horizons acts have been showcased at some of the biggest festivals at home and internationally from Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Festival No.6, Focus Wales, to Eurosonic and SXSW and performed sessions at the legendary Maida Vale Studios. In the four years of the project previous Horizons alumni include Himalayas, Candelas, Swnami, Casi, Hannah Grace, Violet Skies, Adwaith, Afrocluster, Baby Queens, Kizzy Crawford, Seazoo, Reuel Elijah, Danielle Lewis and many more who have benefitted from the Horizon’s Project.

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Eadyth, one of the artists from the 2018 project says:

"I was so thrilled to be selected last year for Horizons, and the year has given me the encouragement to keep on with my music. I’ve done all sorts of things including a gig in the woods at San Ffagan and streaming a show live from the Assembly building in Cardiff Bay to an event in New York for Welsh Language Music Day. Another honour was to be the first artist to be chosen to soundtrack the Horizons partnership with the Football Association of Wales’ women’s team campaign. Best of all, I’ve got great gigs lined up with Horizons for the year ahead too."

2018 Horizons band Adwaith added:

"Congratulations to Horizons on their 5th year Anniversary. We started our year with Horizons playing at the Radio One Academy in Swansea last May, and then live on BBC Radio Cymru from the fringe. One of the highlights for us this year was recording at Rockfield Studios – they’re iconic! Another highlight was a gig in London, which started at a networking lunch with Sony. We’ve enjoyed the journey with the Horizons team and met some amazing people on the way too. It's been fun!"

Ian Gwyn Hughes, Head of Public Affairs, Football Association of Wales said of the Horizons/FAW collaboration:

"We're excited to be heading into the new year with Horizons. Music and football are two very special parts of Welsh culture and we’re eager to support new talent from Wales in the music industry by being one of the platforms for bringing new music to a wider audience."



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Mae BBC Cymru Wales a Chyngor Celfyddydau Cymru heddiw’n cyhoeddi bod y chwilio am artistiaid Gorwelion i ymuno â phrosiect 2019 bellach wedi dechrau.

Yn dathlu ei 5ed flwyddyn eleni, mae Gorwelion wedi rhoi llwyfan i dros 48 o artistiaid newydd o Gymru gan roi cyfleoedd iddynt gyrraedd cynulleidfaoedd newydd yng Nghymru, y DU a thu hwnt. Nawr maent yn chwilio am 12 artist newydd.

Mae’r broses ymgeisio nawr yn agored. Bydd y 12 ymgeisydd llwyddiannus yn cael cymorth mewn gwahanol ffyrdd dros y 12 mis nesaf – gyda chyfleoedd i ymddangos mewn gwyliau a digwyddiadau, ar y radio gan gynnwys gwasanaethau cenedlaethol BBC Cymru Wales – BBC Radio Cymru a BBC Radio Wales ac ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol.

Nod prosiect Gorwelion yw arddangos doniau addawol yng Nghymru. Mae uchafbwyntiau'r pum mlynedd diwethaf yn cynnwys recordio yn Stiwdios Rockfield byd enwog yn Sir Fynwy, Maida Vale Studios yn Llundain a chydweithrediad unigryw gyda phartneriaid fel Cymdeithas Bêl-droed Cymru sydd ar hyn o bryd yn arddangos cerddoriaeth un o artistiaid Gorwelion fel trac sain pêl-droed Cymru.

Wrth i brosiect Gorwelion ddathlu ei bumed pen-blwydd, mae cynlluniau i weithio gyda phartneriaid newydd yn ogystal â dod â llu o artistiaid newydd a chyn-artistiaid Gorwelion at ei gilydd i greu eiliadau hynod arbennig ar draws 2019.

Dywedodd Bethan Elfyn, Rheolwr Prosiect Gorwelion yn BBC Cymru Wales:

“Rydyn ni’n edrych ymlaen at groesawu 12 dawn gerddorol newydd i’r prosiect. Yn y bumed flwyddyn hon byddwn yn mynd ati i ddathlu’r rôl a chwaraeir gan y prosiect; rydym yn falch o bopeth, o’r gwaith ar lawr gwlad i’r gwaith a wnawn ar y cydweithrediadau mwy, gan gynrychioli ystod eang o arddulliau, doniau, lleoliadau a chefndiroedd cerddorol amrywiol. Mae Gorwelion yn gyfraniad pwysig i’r sîn gerddoriaeth Gymreig sydd eisoes yn hynod gynhyrchiol a bywiog.”

“Drwy roi cefnogaeth i grŵp o artistiaid, nid yn unig yr ydym yn helpu i feithrin doniau newydd ond hefyd yn creu ffenestr ar gerddoriaeth Gymreig yma yng Nghymru a thu hwnt. Mae ein gweledigaeth yn parhau i ddod â sain newydd, ffres i gynrychioli Cymru fodern – ac mae rhai o’r straeon o fyd cerddoriaeth Cymru’n cael effaith ddiwylliannol enfawr ar adeg hynod bwysig.”

Dywedodd Lisa Matthews, Rheolwr Portffolio yng Nghyngor Celfyddydau Cymru:

“Rydyn ni’n falch o gael cefnogi Gorwelion am flwyddyn arall a chael gweld 12 artist arall yn cael blwyddyn greadigol a allai newid eu gyrfaoedd. Mae cyfleoedd anhygoel wedi cael eu creu hyd yma ac rydyn ni’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at alluogi mwy o gyfleoedd datblygu newydd.”

Bydd modd ymgeisio rhwng Ebrill 4 a Hanner Nos, Mai 1, a bydd cyhoeddiadau'n dilyn ym mis Mehefin. Dylai artistiaid sydd eisiau cael eu hystyried lenwi ffurflen ar-lein drwy bbc.co.uk/horizons. Bydd rhestr Gorwelion yn cael ei dewis gan banel o arbenigwyr yn y bartneriaeth ac yn y sector cerddorol ehangach.

Dilynwch ar Twitter a Facebook os gwelwch yn dda - @horizonscymru - i gael yr holl wybodaeth.

Mae artistiaid Gorwelion wedi cael cyfle i arddangos eu doniau yn rhai o’r gwyliau mwyaf yn y wlad hon ac yn rhyngwladol, o Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Gŵyl Rhif 6, Focus Wales, i Eurosonic a SXSW ac wedi perfformio sesiynau yn Maida Vale Studios chwedlonol. Yn ystod pedair blynedd flaenorol y prosiect, mae’r rhai fu’n cymryd rhan yn cynnwys Himalayas, Candelas, Swnami, Casi, Hannah Grace, Violet Skies, Adwaith, Afrocluster, Baby Queens, Kizzy Crawford, Seazoo, Reuel Elijah, Danielle Lewis a llawer mwy sydd wedi cael budd o Brosiect Gorwelion.

Meddai Eadyth, un o’r artistiaid ar brosiect 2018:

“Roeddwn i wrth fy modd o gael fy newis ar gyfer Gorwelion y llynedd, ac mae’r flwyddyn wedi rhoi anogaeth i mi ddal ati gyda fy ngherddoriaeth. Rydw i wedi gwneud pob math o bethau, gan gynnwys gig yn y coed yn Sain Ffagan, a ffrydio sioe yn fyw o adeilad y Cynulliad ym Mae Caerdydd i ddigwyddiad yn Efrog Newydd ar gyfer Dydd Miwsig Cymru. Anrhydedd arall oedd bod yr artist cyntaf i gael ei dewis i ddarparu trac sain partneriaeth Gorwelion gydag ymgyrch tîm merched Cymdeithas Pêl-droed Cymru. A’r peth gorau un, mae gen i gigs gwych wedi’u trefnu gyda Gorwelion ar gyfer y flwyddyn i ddod hefyd.”

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Ychwanegodd Adwaith, grŵp Gorwelion 2018:

“Llongyfarchiadau i Gorwelion ar eu 5ed Pen-blwydd. Fe wnaethon ni ddechrau ein blwyddyn gyda Gorwelion yn chwarae yn y Radio One Academy yn Abertawe fis Mai diwethaf, ac yna’n fyw ar BBC Radio Cymru o’r ffrinj. Un o’r uchafbwyntiau i ni eleni oedd recordio yn Rockfield Studios - mae nhw’n eiconig! Uchafbwynt arall oedd gig yn Llundain, a ddechreuodd mewn cinio rhwydweithio gyda Sony. Rydyn ni wedi mwynhau’r daith gyda thîm Gorwelion ac wedi cwrdd â phobl wych ar y ffordd hefyd. Mae wedi bod yn hwyl!”

Meddai Ian Gwyn Hughes, Pennaeth Materion Cyhoeddus Cymdeithas Pêl-droed Cymru am y cydweithio rhwng Gorwelion a’r Gymdeithas:

“Rydym yn gyffrous wrth ddechrau blwyddyn newydd gyda Gorwelion. Mae cerddoriaeth a phêl-droed yn ddwy agwedd arbennig ar ddiwylliant Cymru ac rydym yn awyddus i gefnogi doniau newydd o Gymru yn y diwydiant cerdd drwy fod yn un o’r llwyfannau ar gyfer dod â cherddoriaeth at gynulleidfa ehangach.”

Mae Gorwelion / Horizons yn gynllun a redir gan BBC Cymru Wales mewn partneriaeth â Chyngor Celfyddydau Cymru i ddatblygu cerddoriaeth gyfoes annibynnol, newydd yng Nghymru.

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176087.jpgAhead of the release of their third album for Bubblewrap Collective, The Crack And What It Meant, Quiet Marauder are unveiling the LP’s second single, What Happened To Science? Narratively conceptual, the wider album describes the emergence of a ‘Crack’ in time and space in the rural suburbs of Kent and the subsequent social panics, economic posturing, divisional blame games and global belief systems that arrive as a consequence. Narrated by the deep drawl of Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell), the album’s 30 tracks veer between short War Of The World synthscapes, pop-folk balladry, post-ironic show tunes and shuffling indie-rock; all tied together by the multiple underlying storylines. These include the death (and rebirth) of science, mass media antagonists, the ambivalent progress of global capitalism, the opening (and closure) of the Crack’s Costa Coffee franchise and the rise (and fall) of tramp-turned-soothsayer Daniel alongside his burgeoning, prospering belief system.What Happened To Science? reflects the growing public distrust of science and expertise following the uncovering of the ‘Crack’, profligating wildly in the hashtag-focussed forum of social media. With blame being directed at scientists for not predicting the miraculous phenomenon, its funding routes and expositors come under increasing scrutiny and criticism. Intertwining the high-concepts and broad instrumentation of Arcade Fire, with the warm, spiky melodicism of The Wave Pictures and the wide-eyed, quick-witted lyricism of Vivian Stanshall; the single will be released on 29th March 2019 via all digital download platforms. What Happened To Science? will also be accompanied by a music video released on the same day, produced by On Par Productions (Boy Azooga, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Steve Mason).The Crack And What It Meant will be released on 26th April 2019 via digital download and CD with illustrated booklet and cut-out sleeve.

Tour dates with The Burning HellJune 24th – Cardiff – Tiny Rebel
June 25th – Brighton – Hope and Ruin
June 26th - Nottingham - Albert's
June 27th – Manchester – The Deaf Institute
June 28th – Bristol – The Louisiana 
June 30th – London – The Lexington

    

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Welsh punk band
Breichiau Hr deliver an urgent call to arms with their new single, ‘Penblwydd Hapus Iawn'. An unflinching three minutes of punk aggression powered by a wall of three pronged guitars and cathartic screams, underscored by brittle melodic interplay, reminiscent of the band’s early influences, Sunny Day Real Estate, At The Drive In and The Get Up Kids, it proves that Breichiau Hr's visceral prescient sound is primed for wider attention. Steffan Dafydd the band’s lyricist and vocalist explains: "the setting of the song is a catastrophic birthday party I attended a few years ago where I witnessed the worst in some of the best people”.

It's Breichiau Hr’s third release on West Wales imprint Libertino records, home to the most exciting emerging Welsh acts(Adwaith, Los Blancos, Silent Forum). If ever a band was needed to soundtrack these unhinged times, where there is a lack of political and social responsibility and accountability, Breichiau Hir fill that void with passion and honesty.  

Breichiau Hir are a cult Welsh language six-piece with a rich history spanning over a decade that depicts just how committed they are to their cause. They met in 2008 when they were schoolmates in Cardiff, inspired by the post-hardcore, punk and emo bands of the 1990s. They released a handful of self-produced DIY singles and played numerous shows throughout their university years.  "In 2015 we recorded our EP Mae'r Angerdd Yma Yn Troi Yn Gas.” Says Dafydd “We were still experimenting and seeing what fits.  This was the first time we had recorded a collection of songs all in one studio with Mei Gwynedd who also released it via his label Jigcal"  The singles 'Toddi' and 'Ti A Dy Ffordd' both received airplay and critical acclaim. Ti A Dy Ffordd was picked out as 2015's song of the year in Golwg magazine.

In 2018, they signed to Libertino Records and released the dark melodic sound of double-a side, 'Halen' and 'Mewn Darnau', rounding off the year with the speak/shouty punk single, 'Portread O Ddyn Yn Bwyta Ei Hun.'

“Welsh Language emo heroes Breichiau Hr are one of the best kept secrets I reckon, combining urgency and melody and leaving you want to cry and learn Welsh”

Huw Stephens

Artist: Breichiau Hir
Rhyddhau/Release: Penblwydd Hapus Iawn
Dyddiad Rhyddhau Digidol/Digital Release Date: 12 / 04 / 19
Label: Libertino

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AmeriCymru Top Twenty



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This playlist includes the tracks which have been most popular on the AmeriCymru site over the last ten years. Each of these tracks has been posted , liked and commented upon more than any others. They are not arranged in any particular order and no online vote was taken (we may do that next year). The list has been published to coincide with Dydd Miwsig Cymru 2019. If you don't know what Dydd Miwsig Cymru is, please visit their website here:- Dydd Miwsig Cymru

To anyone who is not familiar with Welsh language music we have included a track listing below complete with links to YouTube search pages for each of the artists listed. Enjoy/Mwynhewch!


Track Listing




1 - Swci Boscawen - Adar y Nefoedd

2 - Gwibdaith Hen Fran - Blaenau Ffestiniog

3 - Gwibdaith Hen Frân - Trons dy Dad (geiriau / lyrics)

4 - Dafydd Iwan - Yma O Hyd

5 - Carreg Lafar - Glan Mor Heli

6 - Tecwyn Ifan - Ysbryd Rebeca (geiriau / lyrics)

7 - Meinir Gwilym sings Mellt with Bryn Terfel

8 - Meinir Gwilym - Wyt Ti'n Cofio (geiriau / lyrics)

9 - Gwenno - Chwyldro

10 - Yr Anhrefn - Rhedeg i Paris

11 - Meic Stevens - Môr o gariad

12 - Brigyn - Haleliwia (geiriau / lyrics)

13 - Gwenno - Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki

14 - Y Tebot Piws - Mae rhywyn wedi dwyn fy nhrwyn

15 - Lleuwen Steffan - Myn Mair

16 - Lleuwen Steffan - Tachwedd

17 - Meic Stevens - Rue St Michel

18 - Elin Fflur - Harbwr diogel lyrics

19 - Gwyneth Glyn - Adra (geiriau / lyrics)

20 - Yws Gwynedd - Sebona Fi (Fideo)


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Dydd Miwsig Cymru Playlist - Cyn Mynd Mas - Prinks, Welsh Playlist Cymraeg

Check back tomorrow for a new playlist. You will need a Spotify account to play this content.

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Dydd Miwsig Cymru is on February 8th this year. Here on AmeriCymru we are not waiting for the big day. As part of our campaign to support this event and make it the biggest online musical happening of 2019 we will be posting a new playlist every day between now and the 8th. Listen to our today's playlist above.  Feel free to re post and share.

Above all...spread the word!!!

Lets give these artists and musicians the recognition they deserve. Show your friends (and the world) what a wealth of extraordinary musical talent we have in Wales. There are ideas, suggestions and playlists on the official Dydd Miwsig Cymru site to help you out.

Prefer to make your own YouTube playlist? It's easy! There are full instructions here:- Make Playlist

Want to embed your playlist on your site or blog? Again....no problem! Go here for full instructions:-  Embed Playlist

Whatever you decide to do between now and the 8th; whether you participate or simply sample the wealth of musical delights on offer....enjoy/mwynhewch! :)


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Dydd Miwsig Cymru - The Biggest Online Musical Event Of 2019?

Ideas And Suggestions Here


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