2015 According to Dan Amor

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One of my proudest achievements on the blog this year, or any year for that matter, is the release of GruffWuff; a 19 track compilation of new, previously unreleased and exclusive recordings from some of my very favourite acts over the past 5 years of blogging.

It was a truly fantastic way to mark 5 years of BarryGruff and I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved and the overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response. As 2015 draws to a close, I have enlisted help from people who made the compilation what it was, to chat about their favourite moments and sounds from year, and up next is Dan Amor.

Performing in both Welsh and English, Dan Amor slips between the two, retaining his own sound and style, infused with Welsh culture. Drawn to obscure and different sounds and worked to shape beautifully frail songs, that radiate a lingering warmth. Recalling snippets from Syd Barrett’s fractured solo years or early Graham Coxon, it’s reflective, unassuming and adorable, with a classic pop twist and a joy to behold.

Before we take a look at his 2015 sound selections, you should check out Dan Amor’s superb back catalogue here and his GruffWuff inclusion, ‘Can’t Sleep’ – of which you can download here for FREE.

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Euros Childs – ‘Fruit and Veg’

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Quite rightly hailed for his part in Welsh cult heroes Gorky’s Zygotic Mynki, Euros Childs‘ solo career has thus far offered more than a fair share of psych-pop gems.

A repeatedly refreshing talent, Euros has proven time and time again to be worthy of this exalted status. He’s signalled his return with new single ‘Fruit and Veg’, which is taken his forthcoming new album Sweetheart, due out October 2nd. It’s a bright, joy-filled and super catchy pop song. Opening with an all consuming piano melody, matched with equally intoxicating flutes and expressing a sweet sentiment that will be sure to melt a thousand hearts: “The one regret in life, is that he never told the woman he loved, that she was on his mind”. A just over 3-minute master-class of irresistible alt-pop brilliance.

You can check out the Eilir Pierce directed video below, and the new album Sweetheart, shall be with us on October 2nd.

Welsh Wizards | Mixtape

This is a quite odd post even by my standards. This day ten years ago I upped sticks and moved to Wales, Wrexham to be precise, which explains all the Wrexham related tweets for anyone who follows me on Twitter.

Although I’m back in Ireland a few years now, it was one of my smarter moves & I retain a fondness for Wales as a country and the music it produces (although I don’t get over half as much as I’d like these days). Welsh music features quite prominently on the blog, something regular visitors are probably aware of. Apart from anything else it got me thinking and I decided to knock together a mixtape/compilation of some Welsh favourites from the past few years, with one or two older tracks thrown in for good measure.

So, without further waffling, here it is, some mighty fine weekend listening. Diolch. Mwynhewch.

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(Video) Euros Childs – ‘That’s Better’

Welsh singer-songwriter and former Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs released his new album Summer Special last week. It is staggeringly his fifth album in three years, now that is prolific! 

There is something intoxicating about lead single ‘That’s Better’, I just can’t get it out of my head. ‘It’s a bright, perky and infectious slice of sunshine filled indie pop, melodiousness and deceptive simplicity. Don’t just take my word for it, give it a spin below and see if you can resist it’s inescapable allure. 

Summer Special is out now on his own label, National Elf, which as it happens, is offering previous releases for download on a ‘name your price’ basis over here.

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