Words by Tim Cumming
Heavy tinkling from the indie-leaning Welsh folkers
Singer Lisa Jên and guitarist Martin Hoyland delivered a superb debut album of traditional Welsh folk songs in 2009, fusing indie guitars and rock and dub influences with ancient Welsh folk tunes. This new set comprises original songs that draw inspiration from that same tradition, and from the physical and cultural landscape of their home in Gerlan, north Wales. Tincian is an old word from the ruinous world of heavy industry, and means to resonate, to ring, or to move with a tinkling sound.
All ten songs here feature atmospheric guitars and beats weaving their web behind the strong, distinct voice of Jên and only one, ‘Pa Le?’ is a traditional tune. Parts of it are reminiscent of Bristol’s trip-hop scene of the 90s, albeit peopled by stories of quarry men, lost children, and foxes feasting on a kill amidst a beautiful landscape. Esyllt Glyn Jones and Mirain Roberts provide vocal harmonies and harp, and the rhythm section of Ali Byworth and bassist Dan Swain is spare and minimal, but atmospheric and highly effective. 9Bach reflect on their folk traditions with something of a modernist’s or internationalist’s perspective, and remain unique in Welsh folk music.
Track To Try: ‘Pa Le?’