Yr Atal Genhedlaeth

Blogrot heartily recommends Gruff Rhys‘s first solo album, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth, to all lovers of Welsh-language lo-fi rock. With Gruff playing everything himself, the result is so stripped down it makes Super Furry Animals‘ Welsh-language lo-fi rock masterpiece Mwng sound like a grossly overproduced Phil Spector number by comparison.

Just some of the numerous reasons to love Yr Atal Genhedlaeth include:

  • It has not one but two songs called “Egg Pudding”
  • Its title is a pun on the Welsh for “contraception” that loses somewhat in translation
  • Another song title manages to pun the name of a Welsh mountain with the two currencies Euro and Sterling – lyrical genius!

All in all a fine achievement and a gaping hole in the record collection of anyone who doesn’t already have it. And I now know the Welsh word for “stuttering”. Handy, that.