Hey guys! 🙂
You might remember that I’ve shared some of the music of one very talented and extremely musically versatile, young singer from north Wales – Alys Williams. – I genuinely believe she can excel at any kind of music if she sets her mind to it, as she has a great voice, is very expressive and just knows how to do music. I’ve heard her covering artists like Adele, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling etc. (on the Voice), collaborating with electronic musician Ifan Dafydd and some other electronic projects on a few great tracks, singing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, acapella, more jazzy/rocky kind of stuff, folk, pop and what not. My Mum says that that’s what characterises a good artist, that they can play/sing any kind of music. I generally tend to disagree and think there are more important criteria, but in this case, it’s totally true! I really love her voice, how it’s slightly smoky but that her high registers are also great and how much feeling but also skill she puts in everything she sings. And I love her Welsh accent in English (that I love her singing Welsh too is obvious I guess, isn’t it?).
So today is the time for sharing another song featuring Alys’ vocals. Some time ago, she has established her own band called Blodau Papur, which means paper flowers. Aside from her, there are other musicians popular on the Welsh-language music scene that the band consists of – that is Osian Williams who is the frontman of the band Candelas, and the members of the band Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog. – I really like their music.
But this song is probably my favourite. If I have the correct information, the original performers of this are the band Big Leaves (formerly called Beganifs but they changed their name after a concert promoter in the Netherlands misheard it as Big Leaves 😀 ), or that at least seems to be the most popular version and the one I have heard first, I don’t know of any others. The Big Leaves version is fair enough, more indie-ish, but I have much stronger feelings for this one, hence I’m sharing only this.