Love is all you need

Monday 22 July 2013, 14:51

Adam Walton Adam Walton

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I love Helen Love. There's a bright joy and obdurate refusal to grow up innate within their music.

They're clever too - not in a head-up-Thom-Yorke's-back-passage kind of way but in the same way that Half Man Half Biscuit are clever, bursting with acute observations about pop culture.

It's not all bright and shiny surfaces, though; there's just the right amount of heartbreak and fight in there - below the neon choruses - for their songs to latch on to your consciousness and not get blown away.

And we've never needed The Love more, I can tell you. A hard road of austerity measures, unemployment, broken hopes strewn in unfixed potholes and shameless behaviour from banks and politicians has left us all footsore.

Helen Love's new album, Day-Glo Dreams will - regardless of sole-bruising - have you dancing. It's their homage to synthpop - just stripped of the maddening, witless irony that most such derivatives from recent years have been tainted by.

Hurts? They bloody do, don't they?

Helen Love never sound anything less than completely in love with pop music, it's their greatest strength and one of my most enduring joys.

See them play a very rare live show at Indietracks this coming weekend. And enjoy the album - up there with their best - at your leisure, courtesy of the inestimably excellent Elefant Record label.

I play three tracks from Day-Glo Dreams on this week's show to whet your appetite.

Elsewhere, we preview Green Man Rising, a brand new stage at this year's Green Man Festival that will celebrate upcoming, unsigned and undiscovered talent. Green Man has always supported indigenous Welsh artists - and many of those on the Green Man Rising stage come from Wales. There is plenty more information at greenman.net.

We also preview this weekend's Gwyl Gardd Goll festival - a wonderfully relaxed celebration of music to be held, this year, at the National Trust's stunning Plas Newydd site on Anglesey.

It's a great bill of international artists (Willy Mason, British Sea Power), new Welsh gems (Greta Isaac, Swnami, Radio Rhydd) and more established Welsh artists (Georgia Ruth, Y Niwl, Bob Delyn) plus many more. See gwylgarddgoll.com for details of the full line-up.

Alan Holmes celebrates the music and the legacy of Y Cyrff.

Ben Hayes demonstrates that there was more to the J Geils Band than Centrefold.

This week's show features debut plays for: Alpha Male Tea Party, The Whiting On The Wall, Bassgrinder, Atlas Will Atone and Here After Dark.

Please send your best new track to themysterytour@gmail.com or via the BBC Introducing Uploader.

HELEN LOVE - 'We Are All The Lo-Fi Kids'
Swansea

SEAZOO - 'Carp And Man'
Wrexham

GULP - 'Play'
Cardiff

CIAN CIARAN - 'Till I Die'
Bangor

BEST DAYS - 'Easy'
Cardiff

BLOODFLOWER - 'Horizon'
Unknown.

RICHARD JAMES - 'Joe Punk'
Croes-Y-Ceiliog

SŵNAMI - 'Y Nos'
Dolgellau

ROSEVILLE BAND, THE - 'Take It'
Wrexham/Brynford

ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY - 'Truffles'
Connah's Quay/Liverpool

IRMA VEP - 'One Eye On Everything'
Llanfairfechan

ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Bangor

Y CYRFF - 'Nunlle'
Llanrwst

DAN BETTRIDGE - 'Prayer For You'
Ogmore - By - Sea

R. SEILIOG - 'Sturdy Seams'
Peniel/Cardiff

CASI WYN - 'Fan Hyn'
Bangor

BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE, THE - 'Liberty'
Rhyl

WOBBLY HEARTS, THE - 'Truck Stop 9'
Rhyl/Abergele/Liverpool

SCARBELLY - 'The Woods'
Pontypool

HELEN LOVE - 'Day - Glo Dreams'
Swansea

FIONA A GORWEL OWEN - 'Close Forms'
Llanfaelog, Ynys Môn

UNDER ALIEN SKIES - 'L'itoi'
Prestatyn

TREE OF WOLVES - 'Eyes Wide Open'
Swansea

WHITING ON THE WALL, THE - 'Caravan'
Cardiff

TACSI - 'Lle Braf I Fyw'
Bangor

CAL ROBERTS - 'Three Demons'
Bagillt

SWEET BABOO - 'C'mon Let's Mosh'
Bangor/Cardiff

NEW COWBOY BUILDERS - 'Paradise Forum'
Treorchy

BASSGRINDER - 'Higher'
Cwmbran

ATLAS WILL ATONE - 'Lives'
Holyhead

Y REU - 'Symud Ymlaen'
Dyffryn Nantlle

SQUIGGLE! - 'I'll Be Waiting'
Wrexham

HERE AFTER DARK - 'Stand Up'
Tywyn/Aberdyfi

YUCATAN - 'Uwch Gopa'r Mynydd'
Caernarfon

WILLY MASON - 'Save Myself'
USA

RADIO RHYDD - 'Tv Dream Land'
Bethesda

CANDELAS - 'See - Saw Sinner'
Bala

JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'All This Promise'
Mold

BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Ruthin

J. GEILS BAND - 'Funky Judge'
USA

HELEN LOVE - 'Shy Girl'
Swansea

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