Boomkat Product Review:
For those of you who were won over by Finders Keepers' consistently good Welsh Rare Beat series of compilations we finally have a full length album, and what an album. In the rich tradition of undiscovered psychedelia this is undeniably oddball material, helped along no doubt by the fact that it's sung entirely in Welsh, a language understood by probably less people who understand Finnish. Galwad y Mynydd was formed by brothers Alwyn and Eifion Daniels along with their friends Derec Brown and Mike Harries in Wales in the early 70s, and the tracks featured on this full length come from two EPs from 1972 and 1973 respectively. The mood is predominantly one of reverence for US folk rock, but the reason this album should be taken deadly seriously is because the four lads get it wrong somehow and in doing so come up with something incredibly worthwhile. A far cry from the mucky mire of psych college bands springing up in the Uk around this time, these guys could really play and really write, and the innovation and left-of-centre qualities they brought to the table make you wonder why they have never been 'rediscovered' before. I guess it's all down to the alienation that singing in Welsh brings along with it, but if Fonal can make Finnish language records (sort of) popular, maybe Finders Keepers can do the same with Welsh? Comes with informative liner notes from Gruff Rhys, and less informative notes from bandmember Derec Brown who writes entirely in Welsh, giving most of the world no option of understanding it. Valley psychedelia anyone? Highly Recommended.