New from Libertino Records is a double A-sided release from Welsh language artists Tacsidermi and Sister Wives with ‘O Fy Nghof’ and ‘A Oes Heddwch’ respectively.
Sister Wives are the Sheffield-based band of Liv, Rose, Lisa and Donna and ‘O Fy Nghof’ is built on a low, menacing riff with a kaleidoscope of tumbling drums and shuddering corrugated guitar with the vocals soaring overheard on a cloud of reverb. The band say: “The song is about being in a deep depression and the helplessness which is felt in that moment. This does eventually come to an end – the heaviness lifts. However, this is often cyclical and happens again, over time. This leaves us stuck in a constant cycle, which can be hard to accept.”
Tacsidermi are Gwenllian Anthony from Adwaith and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Kilgariff and ‘A Oes Heddwch’ is an epic minor-key odyssey which rumbles in on a thudding low-slung phrase before taking flight with a gorgeous flute sound that darts in an out of the track. Gwenllian’s voice is melancholy-sweet and swarmed with lush harmonies. The band say: “The song is about facing an Armageddon and the panic of not knowing what to do in your final hours. There’s no use hiding from the inevitable. There’s no use trying to find peace. You must deal with the consequences of your actions.”
Both artists serve up gourmet helpings of psych-infused music which make the tracks compliment each other perfectly. It’s currently available to stream on the usual platforms and the initial run of the 7” sold out quickly but if you follow Sister Wives on their Bandcamp page I have heard there will be another run of the vinyl coming soon.
Review by Paul F Cook