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Following rave reviews for his solo debut album 2013, released last March via Moshi Moshi, Meilyr Jones has toured the land rapidly building a devoted fan base, winning the 2016 Welsh Music Prize and culminating in a recent performance at London’s Tate Britain. New single, "Watchers", is a 6 minute orchestral piece, telling the tale of a man that loses his love to the sea and wanders the coast and the cliffs endlessly with the hope of seeing her once more.
Meilyr says of the song, "I wanted to become this man, who keeps looking at the sea in the half-light hoping to see the love he has lost return. He looks for too long, in the night, and loses his sight forever... He goes over and over the past hoping to see something different in it, and in doing so moves further away from everything.
“I imagined the orchestra as the sea, still then turbulent with the birds high above as the woodwinds, violins, recorders and whistles, swooping down, the man in the center.”
The song ends with the line, “Watchers, watch out”; a caution for others to escape the fate that he will not. The single was recorded in a day, live in the studio in South London.
Bought solely for the beats of the two haunting Alys Williams tracks, though I respect the artist's vision by getting the entire album rather than individual tracks. I'm glad I did so, because while I still don't think that the collection hangs together that well, the other tracks are growing on me. Rich Hims