While their roots lie in a recognisable folk sound, North Wales’ 9Bach music is ripped through with transcendence; a brooding melancholy as much as a gossamer dreaminess.
The band formed by formed by Lisa Jen and Martin Hoyland almost a decade ago released their second long-player Tincian this week. Jen has already had some renown via appearances on Gruff Rhys’ Candylion and American Interior records.
“Ffarwel is a poem that comes from a book of local songs collected by Ieuan Wyn, a local bard and historian,” she explains.
“[These are] songs that have been written by local people of the centuries. It is about a quarry man leaving the quarry for the last time. Retiring? Or because of a strike? Who knows? But he is nostalgic and sad to leave.”
Watch an exclusive performance of ““Ffarwel”, recorded at Real World Studios, below.
Tincian is out now via Real World.