Updated November 2016:
Hir Oes Dy Wen
(Transl. Long Live Your Smile)
Digital Single Released: 16 December 2016
Label: I KA CHING
As a founding member and guitarist/frontman of influential Welsh psych pop band Yr Ods (‘The Odds’), Griff Lynch has done most of what an exclusively Welsh language artist can do. Headlined Maes B (the main Welsh language music festival) a number of times and played every Welsh festival from Swn festival to Green Man, with some forays into the more notable ones across the border, such as Glastonbury
Yr Ods whirled through the clichés, on a minority language scale, releasing two highly acclaimed albums, a bunch of EPs and singles, touring Europe - with a 'Berlin phase' thrown in - before climaxing with a performance of their back catalogue with a forty-piece orchestra, to two-thousand people in the National Eisteddfod Summer, 2016.
Now Griff has turned his hand to 'the solo project', writing a series of songs with the first, Welsh spoken Hir Oes Dy Wen (which translates as Long Live Your Smile), set for release on 16 December. Coming from a very different place to the music Griff created as part of Yr Ods, the solo work is D.I.Y. It’s also a bit dark, a bit depressing (particularly when you listen closely to the lyrics), a bit bilingual (Welsh/English), but essentially, also a bit poppy. Pop from the left if you may. It seems that boredom, despair, deaths and break-ups can sometimes be quite sweet on the ear. Even in Welsh.
Hir Oes Dy Wen is released as a digital single on the 16th December and is the first of a series of solo singles Griff Lycnh will release via Welsh label I KA CHING.
Hir Oes Dy Wen video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_fxkT7rJs0
Connect with Griff Lynch via:
Twitter: twitter.com/grifflynch | @grifflynch
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