Released: 8th April 2013
Label: Owlet Music

Beautiful, delicate, enchanting, magical, there really are not enough adjectives in the world to describe this stunning debut album from Welsh two piece Trwbador. Like so many of the great Welsh bands over the years such as Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Super Furry Animals, Trwbador continue in the tradition of recording music that has that unique sound that is only found in Wales. It is hard to quite put a finger on it or to say how this happens, but there are certain bands and artists that you instantly know are from Wales and Trwbador are without a doubt a new band that can be added to that list.

One of the things that struck me with this album is that although it would rightly be classified as an electronic folk album, it retains a pop sensibility throughout. The songs never drift away into obscurity, the hooks and arrangements on the song are such that the listener is gripped from start to finish.

Highlights on the album, well where do I start? The vocals are absolutely beautiful and will send you into a pure state of ecstasy, comparisons to Kate Bush are inevitable. The electronic sounds and finger picking guitar style will have you listening intently to every sound being created. Picking out certain tracks would not do this album justice, the album contains ten songs and, when taken as a whole, make one really big music highlight of 2013.

This is an album that will definitely be on the shortlist for Welsh Music Prize 2013, and if there is any justice in this world the recognition for this great piece of work will spread throughout the entire universe.

Steve Tay

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