Last Minute Christmas Present Buyer's Guide to the Best Welsh Albums of 2013
Welcome to my Last Minute Christmas Present Buyer's Guide to the Best Welsh Albums of 2013.
Admittedly it's not the pithiest handle in the world ever — but it does do what it says on the tin. This week's show is a wall-to-wall celebration of the best Welsh albums released this year (in my over-inflated opinion).
I think it's been a remarkable year.
Compiling a 15 minute guide to the best Welsh albums of 1993 would have been a challenge (that was the year I started on Radio Wales) so this programme marks, to some extent, how much Welsh music has evolved in that period.
I do hope you enjoy what you hear.
I do hope it gives you an idea for something to buy for a loved one or a friend. Most of these music-making folk don't have a label behind them, funding their enterprise. They live off woodshavings and tepid water from borrowed taps in draughty bedsits.
Buying their music isn't the equivalent of sticking fivers into a fat cat, music mogul's diamond posing pouch; it'll help them get strings, pay for rehearsal time, you know, make more music, which is great news for all of us.
Some of them may even eat something. They're all very pasty looking (paste-y rather than pass-tee. Mmmm… pasties).
Anyway, do enjoy this broad celebration of great Welsh sounds. Feel free to suggest/recommend albums below that didn't make it onto my list.
I'm off to find a pasty pasty.
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'This Ladder
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Donny Of The
PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Little
SWEET BABOO - 'If I Died Would You
Remember That You Loved Me?'
THE - 'Operator'
GEORGIA RUTH - 'Week Of Pines'
TRWBADOR - 'Lluniau [Fersiwn Albwm]'
METABEATS - 'Battery Phunk'
LLWYBR LLAETHOG - 'Ed's Dub'
GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leppard'
ZERVAS & PEPPER - 'Living In A
THREATMANTICS - 'Apple Tree'
MR HUW - 'Cariad Afiach'
IFAN DAFYDD - 'Celwydd (Feat.
GENTLE GOOD, THE -
WINTER VILLAINS - 'The Air'
CATE LE BON - 'Are You With Me Now?'
SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP -
JOANNA GRUESOME -
'Sugarcrush (LP Version)'
HELEN LOVE - 'Atomic'
TOTEM TERRORS - 'Art Of Falling (fall
Song Rev. 6)'
Y PLU - 'Sgwennaf
SAVE YOUR BREATH - 'Touchpaper'
FIST OF THE FIRST MAN -
'At Beyond The Pale'
NEON NEON - 'The Jaguar'
BENJAMIN DAMAGE - '010x'
LOS CAMPESINOS - 'Cemetery Gaits'
YR ODS - 'Rhywbeth I Rywun'
CIAN CIARAN - 'Sewn Up [Radio Edit]'
EUROS CHILDS - 'Tête à Tête'
PULCO - 'Gnarl Chess'
SOFT-HEARTED SCIENTISTS -
'Seaside Sid And The Giant Squid'
ISLET - 'Triangulation Station'
SHORT AND CURLIES - 'Serene Again And
SŵNAMI - 'Cysgodion'
QUEER'D SCIENCE - 'Requiem
For Liberace Wolf'
NO CHOICE - 'Is This Punk Rock?'
FERNS - 'Sand'
HISTORY OF APPLE PIE, THE -
LITTLE ARROW - 'Our Taste Is Violence'
IRMA VEP - 'One Eye On
ROSEVILLE BAND, THE - 'Take It'
COWBOIS RHOS BOTWNNOG - 'Tyrd Olau Gwyn'
SIDDI - 'Un Tro'
COLORLIST - 'Sun Song'