A cabal of fascinating Welsh musicians

Monday 13 January 2014, 16:34

Adam Walton Adam Walton

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This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please visit the link any time between now and the start of the next programme. 

January's a strange, torpid, wasteland of a month, generally speaking.

In the olden days this was because the music industry spent the majority of the opening month sunning themselves on lilos stitched together from their charges' souls, floating in swimming pools filled with the tears of a billion exploited songwriters, in secret Caribbean resorts, built out of pure money hardened to diamond by the unrelenting grasp of unscrupulous, satanic MDs.

Sadly that industry is now no more than a stale whisper on a Syco fart.

But January still tends to be a little quiet. Who knew that turkey digestion (or, for me, the Quorn equivalent) could so slow and hinder original music production?

Maybe it's due to cracker-explosion-related tinnitus?

Or reindeer allergies fuzzing up larynxes?

Or the fact that the magnanimous festival that's supposed to celebrate the baby Jesus and his upcoming altruistic philosophies, in actuality wheedles and bleeds every spare penny out of peoples' pockets, so that they've barely enough left to afford a sprout let alone a ticket for a gig or a music download.

Or maybe it's because it's a bit parky?

As in 'cold', not 'silver fox chatshow host'.

ANYWAY... 2014 appears to be Buckaroo-ing the trend, as if a cabal of fascinating Welsh musicians have all snuck up on a jittery plastic horse and placed great new sounds over its saddle while it was being distracted by an oncoming lorry advertising a certain supermarket's value lasagnes.

This week's show flings debut plays for Spencer Segelov, Personal Best, Tom Ap Dan, Boys At Heart, The Starling Radicals, Dan Joseph Jones, Karedig and The Paisley Vale all over the carpet - as well as ludicrously excellent new songs from Elly Sinnett and... well, let's just leave it at that, for now.

I open the programme with Elly Sinnett's Luna Eyes, the title track for her debut EP proper. I waxed lyrical about this song a few months back on the BBC music blogs. I wax more lyrical now. So waxy and so lyrical that it's like someone turned Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Morrissey into scented candles: sandalwood, apple and pine, and bitterness, respectively.

Please send new releases, demos, gig info and well-polished apples to: themysterytour@gmail.com or via the BBC Introducing Uploader.

Elsewhere on the show, the estimable Alan Holmes - godfather of the Welsh underground, so don't mess him about - talks about Cousin Silas, and Ben 'Soundhog' Hayes gets well jiggy with The Barron Knights.

I talk too much. What's new?

ELLY SINNETT - 'Luna Eyes [EP Version]'
Pembrokeshire

SIDDI - 'Un Tro (Remics Gramcon)'
Llanuwchllyn

KOOL DAZE - 'Teenage Jesus Superstar'
Caerphilly

VOLUNTARY BUTLER SCHEME, THE - 'Quinzhee'
Midlands/Cardiff

SPENCER SEGELOV - 'Harker Has Visitors'
Cardiff

PERSONAL BEST - 'Conkers'
Cardiff/Bristol/Portsmouth

BLURED - 'Gap In The Galaxy'
Cardiff

PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Ribbons'
Milford Haven

DAN AMOR - 'Sister Anne (EP Version)'
Penmachno

TOM AP DAN - 'Oni'n Meddwl Oni Mewn Cariad'
North Wales

TRAMPOLENE - 'Under The Strobe Light'
Swansea/London

BOYS AT HEART - 'Cars (Radio Edit)'
South Wales

LORDE - 'Royals (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination)'
New Zealand

INVADERS OF NINE - 'Up All Night (Feat. Louisa Bass)'
Wrexham

STARLING RADICALS, THE - 'Moon'
Cardiff

JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Gold Day'
Mold

ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Bangor

COUSIN SILAS - 'Setting The Clinch'
Flint

MOWBIRD - 'Carousel'
Wrexham

HIPPIES VS GHOSTS - 'Y Crib'
Cwm Y Glo

DAN JOSEPH JONES - 'Honest With You'
Pontypridd

JOANNA GRUESOME - 'Madison (Album Version)'
Cardiff

TENDER PREY - 'Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Of My Heart'
Cardiff

DEMETER GRIEVING - 'Hurting'
Cardiff

BURNING FERNS - 'Crunch Time'
Newport

WILD EYES, THE - 'Greenland'
Wrexham/Liverpool

QUIET MARAUDER - 'I Want A Moustache, Dammit'
Cardiff

BARON LA CROIX - 'Eylau Tape Side B'
Wrexham

UNDIVIDED, THE - 'Worlds Apart'
South Wales Valleys

ELLY SINNETT - 'Love Of Mine'
Pembrokeshire

KAREDIG - 'Nevermind'
Cardiff

PAISLEY VALE, THE - 'Stars'
Swansea

BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Ruthin

BARRON KNIGHTS, THE - 'You're All I Need'
Unknown.

PULCO - 'Open Your Wallets'
Bangor

FORTUNE THE BRAVE - 'The Vaults'
South Wales

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