Melin Melyn lend a charming and artful whimsy to their psych smothered tunes that spiral past your nose like a multicoloured rainbow. Based in Cardiff and led by front man Gruff Glyn who is flanked by Will Barratt, Osian Gwynedd, Cai Dyfan and Garmon Rhys.
They’ve just shared the video for their recent single ‘Mwydryn’ which is an absolute belter merging quick fire riffs and quirky melodic charm of early Squeeze or Syd Barret, as they flip through the fake news and politicians talking nonsense. They are joined by Dylan Morgan from Boy Azooga playing a Nord keyboard and Tom Rees from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard produced and plays the cowbell on the track. The video was created by the green screen magician, Edie Morris, from Cardiff, watch it above.
Gruff says: “Mwydryn is quite a difficult word to translate. I tend to think of it as someone who talks drivel over and over again. It could apply to politicians, your boss, friends, family, perhaps yourself, and definitely people in positions of power on the news cycle! That’s why we and Edie decided to create our very Melin Melyn news programme. The video features members of the band as well as some phenomenal child actors, and a cat – Mwshi.”
Wth almost surreal almost kids telly style lyrics and toe-tapping hooks punctuated by harmonic interludes, bountiful brass, their first single ‘The Big Society’ sounded like the meeting point between early Roxy Music and Super Furries.
Gruff continues “As far as influences go, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci spring to mind, as well as Will our guitarists’ primary influence – Dido.
Since our first show almost exactly a year ago, we’ve played all over Wales and England. We were due to play FOCUS Wales tonight, which understandably has been postponed. We have also been invited to play Green Man and End of the Road festivals this summer. Like every band, we can’t wait to get back to playing when it’s safe to do so.”