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NEWS: Bethan Lloyd wins the Neutron Prize for her album ‘Metamorphosis’

Bethan Lloyd has won this year’s Neutron prize for her excellent debut album Metamorphosis that was released earlier this year.

Bethan told us: “Thank you so much for giving me this award it means so much for me to be recognised in my artistry. I have loved weaving the ancient sounds of the Welsh landscape with modern electronic noise. I’m so glad that has resonated with so many people. Thank you God Is in The TV and everyone who has voted, there will be more far out sounds coming soon!”

She is a Welsh artist whose roots are deep. Her sonic exploration has taken her from training as a classical singer, immersing herself in Berlin’s experimental music scene, to learning with magicians, masters and the ancient teachings of the natural world. Producing alongside Jet Pack Dog bandmate and master of noise, Isaac Ray. It’s a soundscape that is rooted in a forgotten past and folklore but also has adventurous electronic sounds. The album explores the cosmos and the dark euphoria within it, the themes of mind control and diluted society and asks a question about where we are heading as a collective. This project delves into the philosophy of animism, guiding humanity back from its abusive relationship with nature.

On the positively transcendental ‘No Umbilical’ she offers a mantra entwined with swooping choral lines and cut-up electro-pop tapestries that body pop. It has pleasing elements of early Bjork as she clambers across European terrains to connect with a deeper force. ‘Cutting Circuits’ is a deeply emotive swirling electro-pop song that fuses Lloyd’s folk-influenced, pagan-like refrains that gradually creep from personal and enveloping to swooping awestruck call to the heavens, underpinned by an intricate and pulsing tapestry of shadowy electronic sounds.

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