Originally released in August 2009 via Welsh label Sain, 9Bach’s highly original and groundbreaking first album received four-star reviews from the likes of The Guardian and Uncut Magazine. Unavailable to purchase for many years, 9Bach consists of traditional Welsh Folk songs encompassing such timeless topics as death, heartache and lost love, with musical arrangements completely different from how they had been approached before.
The combination of live harp and guitar accompanying ethereal voices and dubby beats takes you in to the North Wales landscape, on an emotional rollercoaster as the heart and soul of each story is revealed through compelling and exquisitely sung narrative.
The 9Bach 10th Anniversary edition will feature new artwork and two bonus tracks. In keeping with the original album, these are new recordings of traditional Welsh folk songs. The first of these harks back to 9Bach’s roots, with an a cappella version of ‘Trafaeliais Y Byd Cân I AJ’. The arrangement of the second track, ‘Cân Dai’r Cantwr’, is electronic, potentially pointing to the band’s future direction.
About the Songs
1. Bwthyn Fy Nain
A song about the beautiful simplicity of life when you are living in harmony with the land and nature. Nain means grandmother, and she loves a calm peaceful life, oblivious to war and all the chaos in the world, she’s just living in the moment on the side of a mountain with her chickens and goats and the produce she’s grown—and Oh! What a wonderful life that would be, to be removed from all of this hatred and destruction that we see every day in this world.
2. C’weriwch Fy Ngwely
A question and answer between a mother and her son. He is tired and low, and keeps repeating “make my bed, make my bed, I am sick, I am sick.”