Since forming in 2008, Yr Ods have established themselves as one of Wales’ finest bands, and one of the most popular Welsh language acts on the planet. Yr Ods have previously released two critically acclaimed albums Troi a Throsi (2011) and Llithro (2013) both released via Sain. Live they have extensively toured the UK and Europe, performed at big festivals including Maes B, Swn, Green Man, festival No 6 and Glastonbury, as well as achieving the career high of headlining National Eisteddfod of Wales alongside a forty-piece orchestra, and an audience of two-thousand fans. Yr Ods have re-grouped to create laith y Nefoedd, their third and undoubtedly most ambitious album to date. Self recorded and self released, ‘Iaith y Nefoedd’ is a concept album released alongside a fiction novel by acclaimed author Llwyd Owen.
“it isn’t the political subtext that will bring listeners in, it’s the wistful, melodic indie-pop of Yr Ods, which ranges from the jerky Peter Gabrielisms of Ger Yr Afon through the beautiful Syd Barrettesque whimsy of Ceridwen to the Manic Street Preachers-like chorus of the single Tu Hwnt I’r Muriau.” Sunday Times
“Yr Ods is an ambitious Welsh language group, whose work has a universal appeal.” Clash Music
Papur Wal are a trio based in Cardiff via North Wales. Formed in 2017, but formalised as a three piece a year later, their influences range from 90s bands such as Built to Spill, Pavement and Teenage Fanclub to 70s rock like Big Star, Todd Rundgren and Nils Lofgren. Their combination of Slacker and Power Pop gives them a unique scope and blends sugary melodies with shape shifting tempo changes. Their debut EP, “Lle yn y byd mae hyn?” (2019) (“Where in the world is this?”) introduced their story-telling nautre, aswell as their ability to discuss emotive and difficult themes and cemented Papur Wal as a band in the Welsh language music scene. Following quickly on the heels of their debut EP was Double-A side “O’n ni’n Ffrindia / When he’s Gone” (2019) which received plays on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio 1 and began to explore their 70s rock-inspired side but maintained their slacker roots. New singles are on their way in early 2020, with the lead single Meddwl am Hi scheduled for release on Dydd Miwsig Cymru and an album in the not-so-distant future