Yr Angen – “Revolver”.

Hi guys! 🙂

As long as I know this band Yr Angen, I really like them and they occupy quite a special place among the Welsh musicians I like. Why? Who knows… Hm… actually, there might be a few reasons. First of all, I love their alternative style. I love their guitars, I don’t know, they just are a young band, objectively probably not that very very different from other rock/indie rock bands besides that their lyrics are Welsh, but whenever I hear them, it always awakens something inside me. Even when I didn’t have a clue about their lyrics (and I’m still far from advanced and don’t even feel like intermediate in Welsh yet so my knowledge in this topic is still limited) I resonated somehow with their music. Another thing is their vocalist. That’s a weird thing really. People who know me well and whom I’ve told something about my recent crushes can notice that they sound and are masculine, I’d say. They voices are quite rich and expressive and they’re everything but androgynic as people. So if you know this and hear this guy’s voice, you could easily assume he’s not my style at all ’cause, being honest, he sounds a little bit childish, doesn’t he? Honestly he reminds me a bit about the vocalist of another Welsh band, to which I don’t listen that often, but my friend used to like them a lot, namely Budgie. But there’s something… hm, I’d say charismatic, in this combination. These wonderful guitars and all and his voice. It’s very speciffic, but I just like it. I especially like him in more rock-ish songs, like this one, I like him screaming for some reason. But oh well, his name’s Jac! 😀 Doesn’t it explain everything?! For those of you who don’t know, since I was a little girl I’ve always liked people named Jacek, Jack, Jac, Jackie, Jacqueline, almost whatever with Jac, even if not related etymologically with each other. I think they are cool names and all the people I’ve known with these names are (usually) cool, and even if not really, there’s always something about those of them I know to admire or like. This is probably because my Dad’s name is Jacek. So yeah Jacs rule! 😀 and his Welsh accent (this Jac’s from Yr Angen, I mean) is cute. I suppose, which doesn’t mean I know it, that he isn’t a first language Welsh speaker, because when I heard him talking he and his band colleagues seem to have rhotic r before vowels in Welsh and sometimes he has typical English o like in go at the end of Welsh words. And although there’s nothing more appealing in the Welsh language than a northern accent (especially my crush Gwilym’s 😀 ), it really is cute, although not heard so much as he sings.

Yr Angen means the need in English. They are from Swansea in South Wales and members of the band are Jac Davies, Jamie Price, Gareth Jones and David Williams. The song I want to share with you – my favourite song by them – is called Revolver. There are a few live versions on Youtube, but in this case album version is definitely the best and it’s not on Youtube, so I’ll link to Spotify. I only wonder why didn’t they release more than that one album years ago and I really hope it will change. Let me know what you think, whatever you think about it.

Song of the day – Alys Williams – The Cave.

Hi!

I’ve showed you Alys’ great voice sometime ago in song she sang with the band Candelas in Welsh. This time I want to show you her stunning solo performance, and in ENglish. Alys became more famous while singing in “The Voice UK”. I am actually rather surprised she didn’t win in her edition as in my honest opinion she was just the best. Now, a few years afterwards, she is fairly active on the Welsh language music scene, featuring different artists, but I’m waiting excitedly to maybe see some releases from her in future. Also, for me, her accent is almost if not equally mesmerising and fabulous as her voice.

The song I’m sharing is the song she sang during blind auditions, “The Cave”, originally performed by Mumford And Sons. Btw, didn’t she break the time record as for making the decision whom to choose as her coach? 😀 It’s so much like me. 😀