Boomkat Product Review:
Wales, it's a funny old place and the brunt of many a poorly realised joke. I have many fond memories of holidays spent traipsing around chilly hills ogling castles and moping around gift shops buying rainbow coloured rubbers. You know what I'm talking about, don't pretend you don't - we've all had our Welsh experience, and while most of us will struggle with the language, which to the uninitiated sounds a little like words made up from a bad hand at Scrabble, the green and pleasant land clearly has a lot to offer us. Funnily enough, one of Wales' proudest sons Gruff Rhys (of Welsh troublemakers the Super Furry Animals) pops up here as co-curater as he and Finders Keepers regulars Any Votel and Dom Thomas pick around in Welsh music history finding twenty five obscure psychedelic, folk and punk gems guaranteed to put hair on your chest boyo. Not knowing much about the Welsh music scene and not speaking a word of the language of course gives this disc a certain exotic quality - all the songs are in Welsh, so even though a trip to Wales is only an hour away in the car it could just as easily be from the Middle East - I don't know what the hell they're going on about. The strange intonation of the language and tonal qualities though really adds to the sound, dislocating it from so much other music of the time and making this compilation something of a unique item. Where else can you hear such oddities cherry picked and plonked together on one disc? Okay it's not going to be for everyone - there are bound to be people allergic to the Welsh native tongue, but we love a bit of Welsh culture every once in a while - and there's not a Pot Noodle in sight! Recommended.