Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Welsh Wednesday #68

Throughout January, I present some of my favourite Welsh albums of 2015.

#68: Halen Daear a Swn y Môr by Yucatan

I suppose you could consider Yucatan to be a Welsh version of Sigur Rós. Their songs build slowly and atmospherically, many of them later bursting into life with strings and brass. While the Icelanders make music that could soundtrack a journey across their nation's flat, barren terrain, Yucatan's could be played to accompany you on a hike across the mountains and hills of Snowdonia or the Brecon Beacons.

Yucatan hail from North Wales and in 2015 released one of the best debut albums to come out of the country to date. It will be interesting to hear where they go next. Halen Daear a Swn y Môr[1] appears on that debut, and you can get another track on a 'name your price' basis from their Bandcamp page.

[1]Something about the sound of earth, sea and salt - not sure of an exact translation.


  1. The title translates as Salt of the Earth and Sound of the Sea

    1. Diolch. My Welsh is basic to say the least. I need to do something about that.

  2. Very very impressed by these guys. I'm currently listening through everything I can find by them online. Thanks for the intro Robster.

  3. Another great find, Robster. Seeing No. 68 is a real eye opener. What a series!

  4. There's a lot in there musically which reminds me of British Sea Power and that's no bad thing in my book.

  5. This series should be taught in schools - and not just in Wales