October 2020 : Single of the Month : Meilir : Ydy'r Ffordd Yn Glir

For all the sparsity of his recorded output, Meilir is undeniably Wales' most intelligent and fascinating experimental music maker. Mixing electronica, acoustic instruments and a kaleidoscope of found sound, the Flintshire singer-songwriter has created a unique musical proposition whilst always maintaining the affect in his songs.

Two EPs (2009's Bydd Wych, a set of fragile, melodic, entrancing compositions, was followed by the grace and edge of Cellar Songs in 2014) and a pair of singles are the only studio recordings to punctuate the first decade of Meilir's musical career, but atmospheric live dates have underlined the depth of his craft.

A long time coming, his debut album, In Tune, is due for release in March 2021.

Ydy'r Ffordd Yn Glir's short lyric (Meilir's first Welsh language release since Bydd Wych) is about letting go of darkness from the past. The track started life as an a capella piece, but the final edit worked up with long-time producer Charlie Francis sees plangent, pealing notes from a wind chime lead into a ghostly, monastic vocal and tidal washes of keyboard, before the rush of energy from a pulsing beat drives the song into flight.

There is only one possible conclusion : in its free-flowing detail this new single impressively heralds the final emergence of In Tune, which will be more than worth the ten year wait.


MEILIR I Ydy'r Ffordd Yn Glir