Folk Bands and Artists
Lisa Jen vocals
Martin Hoyland guitars, percussion
Ali Byworth drums, percussion
Dan Swain bass guitar
Esyllt Glyn Jones harp, vocals
Mirain Roberts vocals
Nominated! BBC2 Folk Awards 2015: Best Album
TINCIAN is the second album by 9Bach, the group formed by Lisa Jen (also known for her work with Gruff Rhys) and Martin Hoyland. It´s an atmospheric, emotional record that reflects their home environment of Gerlan, North Wales. Tincian is the perfect description: an allusive, mercurial Welsh word with several meanings that travels through time and space. It is industrial in origin, and it is almost onomatopoeic, it rings a special sound.
The rich songs on the album (all new compositions, except for one traditional folk song) are all stories: some autobiographical, some telling someone else´s true story and some imaginary. There are stories of quarry men, strong and brave women, lost children, foxes feasting near blood stained streams in areas of natural beauty, forgotten derelict houses, nature, slate, red dust, family and ´cariad´ which means love. Sometimes there is pain, sometimes anger, a harshness that rings a heavy sound. But there is also a beauty and serenity, a light and gentle sound that resonates much further – TINCIAN.
The ten songs on TINCIAN, though written and sung in Welsh/Cymraeg and arranged in the folk tradition, also tap into elements of dub and rock, taking an unconventional and universal approach to form, reflecting 9Bach’s view of themselves as internationalists. They want to take the experience and the culture of North Wales out to a wider audience, citing Super Furry Animals’ highly successful Mwng album as an inspiration.
The result is an atmospheric, evocative and emotional hybrid of the folk tradition and contemporary influences and working practices. Building on a deepened, almost ambient sound picture (with real instrumentation used to create grooves and loops), the songs take you into the landscape and the emotions that it evokes. Music is a living thing, not a museum piece and the way that 9Bach compose and perform reflect this.
´9Bach’s appeal is centered on singer Lisa Jen, whose cool exquisite vocals dominate the album.´ ★★★★
´Anyone who has gently come down to the strains of Massive Attack, Air or Portishead will engage with the vibe on offer here.´ Sunday Times Culture (Essential New Releases)
´Easily the best Welsh language record since the Super Furry Animals´ Mwng.´ ★★★★ Q Magazine
★★★★★ FT Life & Arts
´File next to Super Furries’ Mwng as a landmark album for Welsh-language pop.´ ★★★★ MOJO