Some of my favorite albums that have come out this year are by Welsh artists, and I feel it’s my duty to tell you about them. Here’s the first few, which are all loosely psych/folk/outsider pop (ps- this is an excellent article on Welsh pop within this same vein that I highly recommend):
In the Pink of Condition by H. Hawkline. H. Hawkline are a spiritual successor to Super Furry Animals and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. It’s more consistently cohesive, poppy and danceable than much of these aforementioned Welsh weirdos, and the influence of producer Cate le Bon is noticeable.
The Boombox Ballads by Sweet Baboo. This is like a mix of Belle and Sebastian, Chad Vaangalen, and Sujfan Stevens if nothing bad had ever happened to them. It dances around freak folk but it’s also very late-60s-loungey— vaguely melancholy, distinctly odd, and yet with sweet lyrics; like a chill and folksy version of Bonzo Dog Doodah Band.
Y Dydd Olaf by Gwenno- Blonde Redhead meets Yo La Tengo with a little bit of Serge Gainsbourg.
I also liked recent releases by The School (Wasting Away and Wondering), Keys (Ring the Changes), Richard James (All New Highways), Eugene Capper (Human Muzak), Iwan Rheon (Dinard), Yuctaan (Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd), Jodie Marie (Trouble in Mind), Palenco (S/T), and Shoebox Orchestra (The Colour of Two).