Monday 13 January 2014, 16:34
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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.
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
SIDDI - 'Un Tro (Remics Gramcon)'
KOOL DAZE - 'Teenage Jesus
VOLUNTARY BUTLER SCHEME,
THE - 'Quinzhee'
SPENCER SEGELOV - 'Harker
PERSONAL BEST - 'Conkers'
BLURED - 'Gap In The Galaxy'
PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Ribbons'
DAN AMOR - 'Sister Anne (EP
TOM AP DAN - 'Oni'n Meddwl Oni Mewn
TRAMPOLENE - 'Under The Strobe Light'
BOYS AT HEART - 'Cars (Radio
LORDE - 'Royals (Until The Ribbon Breaks
INVADERS OF NINE - 'Up All
Night (Feat. Louisa Bass)'
STARLING RADICALS, THE - 'Moon'
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Gold Day'
ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken
COUSIN SILAS - 'Setting The Clinch'
MOWBIRD - 'Carousel'
HIPPIES VS GHOSTS - 'Y
Cwm Y Glo
DAN JOSEPH JONES - 'Honest
JOANNA GRUESOME - 'Madison
TENDER PREY - 'Undisputed
Heavyweight Champion Of My Heart'
DEMETER GRIEVING - 'Hurting'
FERNS - 'Crunch Time'
WILD EYES, THE - 'Greenland'
QUIET MARAUDER - 'I Want A
BARON LA CROIX - 'Eylau
Tape Side B'
UNDIVIDED, THE - 'Worlds Apart'
South Wales Valleys
ELLY SINNETT - 'Love Of
KAREDIG - 'Nevermind'
PAISLEY VALE, THE - 'Stars'
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken
BARRON KNIGHTS, THE - 'You're All I Need'
PULCO - 'Open Your Wallets'
FORTUNE THE BRAVE - 'The