It’s not often that an album is able to so vividly convey the best music of· the 60’s and 70’s.· Elis Wynne is a new artist to the Welsh speaking music scene but his background as a professional musician, stretching all the way back to his upbringing in Garnant, in the 1960’s· informs every second of these songs. It’s a journey that includes bitter sweet memories, humour, celebration, love and no small amount of pathos!
It all seems to start, as is so often the case, with the Beatles. ‘Angela Jones’ is a song that recalls the turmoil of a young boy’s first love whilst reminding the listener of the more quirky side of the Lennon and McCartney catalogue; songs that must have been the soundtrack to this doomed romance. Skip forward a few years and ‘Lan lloft yn y disgo’ would seem to reflect on a growing appreciation of the female form. Complementing this earthier song, Wynne adopts· a Cajun Tex-Mex style arrangement that really gets the party going.
Other folk and roots influences are evident in the use of mandolin, ukulele and fiddle, whether in the beautiful ballad ‘Yr Unig Un’ or in the straight ahead folk rock of ‘Amdanat ti Gymru’. However there’s an underlying self-deprecating humour that runs through all these songs. This is never more evident than in the blues parody of ‘Y Dyn drws nesaf’, that lends it’s title to this album. There’s some biting wit here but all his subjects will be familiar characters to the listener, and are approached· with a ready affection.
It’s all unashamedly nostalgic, reminding us of a great era in music that still has plenty to offer us, young or old.
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