Here's another CD with an embarrassing story behind that I've told before, for this was part of the bumper Welsh ankst package that Medwyn sent me in 2000.
They're great, Datblygu. Up there with Gorky's as one of my favourite Welsh bands. I love the sound of the language when sung, especially when, as often happens in Datblygu songs, an Anglophone name crops up in the middle, like Sean Connery or Bob Geldof.
My mum's Welsh, you know. Played squash for Wales in her day. Doesn't speak the language, though — apart from a phrase that sounds, phonetically, like burruminim, which apparently means bread and butter. Remember that.
Back to Datblygu, it would be lazy to say that they're the Welsh Fall. That's probably why I'm not the only person to say it: check the sound like the fall tag on Last.fm. They only sound a bit like The Fall, because the singer's got a wonderfully lugubrious voice that he wraps round some tunes that really grow on you — a bit like the singer in Microdisney.
I said last time that Maes E was a classic, and look! I've found a website that agrees with me. Maes E is on this CD as well. Another favourite is Cyn Symud I Ddim: quite beautiful, I tell you.
The CD booklet has a photo by Medwyn in it, as well as a note from Gruff of the Super Furry Animals, who says inter alia, "This ever poignant work comes as a sonic and moral warning…"
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