Madilyn Bailey – No Tears Left To Cry.

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As long as this blog exists, I’ve showed you a few of my favourite mainstream acoustic songs or or acoustic covers of some mainstream songs, including Julia Sheer’s or Gabrielle Aplin’s. Thought I’d share with you another cover, this time made by the American singer and Youtube celebrity, based in Wisconsin, Madilyn Bailey.

The original song, sung by Ariana Grande, doesn’t really speak to me that much, but I like Madilyn’s version a lot. The song title is “No Tears Left To Cry”.

Gwilym Bowen Rhys – Yr Hogyn Pren (The wooden boy).

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About a week ago, i was very thrilled to see on Twitter that my current music crush – Gwilym Bowen Rhys – is collaborating on a new album with various other artists. The album is called “Rhwng MΓ΄r A Mynydd” (Between sea and mountain), was produced by the most or at least one of the most significant Welsh language music labels Sain Records, and released on 6th April. After having crushes like Enya – who works on her albums very surely and diligently, but also very slowly – Declan Galbraith – who at the time when my crush on him was full-blown suspended his career for quite a few years – and Cornelis Vreeswijk –
who (although very creative and artistically fertile) has passed away years before my birth – it is nice to have a crush on someone this active and hearing something new from him even more than yearly. It is really thrilling. Needless to say I bought the album almost immediately and, although there were only two Gwil’s songs – carved out an hour from my recently very busy schedule to review the album just for myself. There were good, better and worse pieces (I’ve known most of them before, ha! πŸ˜€ ), but overall I enjoyed it a lot, even just because of Gwilym’s part, if not anything else.

As for Gwilym’s songs, I’ve also heard them before, but in different arrangements. A year ago (on my birthday, yay!) he played them in Lisa Gwilym’s programme on BBC Radio Cymru, with his friend Gethin Griffiths, it sounded so good and I was silently hoping to see them released.

The song I want to show you is called “Yr Hogyn Pren” and (I guess) originally made by Tebod Piws. While I’m not crazy about neither Tebod Piws’ music nor his version of this song, I really do like Gwilym’s.

I’ve showed you a few songs by him already – his own, and with his rock band Y Bandana, and with more psychedelic Plu and Bendith – so if you’ve seen them you can see he’s very versatile (all my crushes are!). And what I like the most about his music… well, I don’t know whether it’s what I like the most, there’s so much to like about it, but one thing I like a lot about his music is how rich his possibilities and musical interests are. You can hear him in lovely, gentle, sophisticated folk tunes, like from his own album, then you can hear the band Plu of which he’s one of the members – with their music balancing somewhere between the worlds – then the band Y Bandana – with their garrage-styled, catchy songs and Gwilym’s rockish vocals, and then in tunes like this – kind of fierce, mischievous folk. That’s a huge diversity, innit?

I’ll show you Gwilym’s second song from this album later on, it’s more of the sophisticated/lyrical kind. Another artist that caught my attention immediately and that I’ve NEVER heard about before listening to this album is Magi Tudur, and I’ll be also showing you her music some time in future, as it is definitely worth exposing.

Because the album isn’t available online, or at least not yet, I’ll put it in Dropbox and remove after a month.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tkfp9x9g73j8rhs/01-006-Yr%20Hogyn%20Pren.mp3?dl=0

Alys Williams – Glory Box.

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I decided I just need to show you another song by this fabulous girl. Remember her from my previous posts? I showed you guys her singing a song in Welsh with the rock band Candelas and then also her blind auditio on “The Voice”. I just think she’s so brilliant.

Here’s the cover of the song “Glory Box” by Portishead she did. I love it!

Gwilym Bowen Rhys & Cpt. Smith – “Merched Yn Neud Gwallt Eu Gilydd” (Girls doing each other’s hair).

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I’d like to continue this Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci for one more day if you don’t mind, but this time it’ll be a cover, or actually, as it is written in the description of the Youtube video with it “a new version” of Gorky’s song.

It’s brilliant, made by my current musical crush – Gwilym Bowen Rhys – and Cpt. Smith. I love it. And I love the original version too, it’s a complete masterpiece, but, since Gwilym’s my crush and he has covered it, I thought I should be loyal and share his version. πŸ˜€

Song of the day – Julia Sheer – Call It What YOu want.

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Today’s song will be a bit different, I suppose. I don’t know why, but many people that know me quite a bit, tend to think I listen to some very very niche music and then they’re always surprised when they realise I like people like Ellie Goulding or Black Eyed Peas or any other that are or were in the top charts recently. In fact, I really appreciate so called niche music, I listen to a lot of alternative stuff, I suppose folk is also kind of niche thing, or sometimes I listen to very hard rock, plus I think what makes people think my favourite music is kind ofΒ  more avant-garde or however they call it, is that a lot of my favourite music is in a bit nicheΒ  languages.

But it absolutely doesn’t mean that I don’t like any music that is very popular everywhere. Most often I don’t care about it, but I have some artists or songs that are commonly liked and I like them too, the fact that they are so popular doesn’t instantly make their quality lower or something, there are pretty many great songs that are mainstream, not everything mainstream is rubbish. The more that the idea of mainstream is very flexible. Things that are mainstream in Sweden, for instance, don’t have to be popular over here and people may not know it at all because of language barrier, and vice versa.

OK, but let’s go on to the song.

So today’s song of the day is originally a Taylor Swift’s song. While I’m pretty indifferent about Taylor Swift, I really like the girl who made this cover.

Her name is Julia Sheer, she’s from Colorado and she became famous through her Youtube channel. She mainly does acoustic covers of popular songs and I like most of them. She’s not my very very very favourite artist, but I think she has something very expressive in her voice and is just definitely cool.

I found her through my friend when I was in secondary and we both had a crush on mentioned here some time ago Declan Galbraith and she was also a bit obsessed with children and teenagers covering famous songs and liked to make new discoveries in that area, so Julia Sheer was one of those discoveries and she showed her songs to me and I thought immediately she’s really good. And I still think so.

So here she is: