BarryGruff’s July 2015 playlist


A now regular monthly feature, whereby we round up all the blog action with a nice, neat and handy playlist of tracks featured during the month.

July was pretty ace! We had new tunes from The School, The Stammer and DRINKS ahead of their respective, forthcoming new albums, and the return of WE//ARE//ANIMAL. There were excellent new singles from Neon Wolf, Galants, Lethal Dialect, Manor, Kelly Lee Owens, The Expert, Glass Sines and Koloto.

Also featured on this month’s playlist are great tracks from Bedbugs, Effin, Gwenno, Trails and Ways, Open Window and Joan. So, July was pretty good. And that’s all before mentioning that Justin Beats gave Jamie xx’s new record In Colour, the once over, Johnny Feeney reported from Knockanstockan and we had a chat with Trails and Ways. And the small matter of my albums of the year so far list.

Listen to BarryGruff’s July 2015 playlist below.

Introducing: Effin


Last month we said goodbye to Welsh psych wonders, Sen Segur, who called time on the band after a five and a half year stint of sharing supremely engaging modern psych-pop tunes with us.

Every cloud has it’s silver lining is would see. While obviously their demise was not welcome news, from the ashes of Sen Segur comes Effin, a new musical project from Gethin Davies. With Effin, Davies embraces a fusion of lo-fi-indie and garage rock, bound together with a haze of melodic bliss and a sort of dogged loose non-conformity and relaxed aura, to reveal subtly addictive songs. The first material from the new project is a pair of singles, ‘Farwell’ & ‘Tria Eto’. ‘Tria Eto’ revolves around a gentle acoustic strum, soft percussion and a soothing combo of mellow meandering, free flowing melodies and Welsh language lyrics. This wispy, airy vibe is married with some rockabilly/surf rock flavours for a very pure, warm and wonderful laid-back sound. ‘Farewell’ meanwhile, is an almost entirely instrumental track, driven by a rumbling bassline of intent and interspersed with some well placed grainy riffs, that veer off toward more psychedelic surf territory, for a harder edged lo-fi-indie and garage blend. Two wholly addictive songs that combine melodic bliss with realness and a free-flowing creativity. Effin brilliant.

Hopefully there’s plenty more where that came from but for now, you can check out ‘Farwell’ & ‘Tria Eto’ below now. If you’re in the neighborhood, there are some shows lined up around Cardiff too, check the dates here.