REVIEW: Meilyr Jones- ‘2013’

Last year,Welsh indie musician Meilyr Jones’ frontman stomping single  How To Recognise A Work of Art got rather lost amid critical love for Roisin Murphy, Kendrick Lamar and Ezra Furman, et al,coming as it did at the end of 2015.

It’s included here,in ex-Racehorses Jones’ debut album,so-titled as this is when most of the songs were penned.

Confusingly though,2016 could be his breakthrough year. 2013 is crammed full of batshit brilliance.

The aforementioned track has a Northern Soul ebullience,while its near-twin Strange Emotional swaggers with mid- Bowie riffage.

Featured Artist meanwhile is a lovely, psychedelic delicacy with trumpet fanfares which wouldn’t seem out of place on Julian Cope’s introspective Fried.

Passionate Friend,the album’s only low point,which is not a Teardrop Explodes cover, is just a tad too whimsical.

Things pick up with the more assured baroque pop of Don Juan and kitschy Olivia.

With fellow artists from Wales like Gwenno, Cate Le Bon and Y Niwl coming through,it does rather make you wonder if there’s something lysergic in the water.

An inspired debut from a singer-songwriter who’s not so much crazy diamond as eccentric pop knave with aces up his sleeve .

MEILYR JONES ALBUM COVER

(Lorna Irvine)

 

2013 is released on Moshi Moshi on March 18th.

A tour follows in April.

http://www.moshimoshimusic.com

 

 

 

 

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