Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ffa Coffi Pawb - Am Byth (2004)

Am Byth is a compilation of songs recorded between the years 1986 and 1992. Ffa Coffi Pawb is Welsh for 'everybody's coffee beans' but if said quickly supposedly sounds like 'fuck off, everyone.' The band was made up of the previously posted about Gruff Rhys (which sparked a request for this band's material), the Super Furry Animals' drummer Dafydd Ieuan, along with current member Rhodri Puw and manager Dewi Emlyn of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (another fine Welsh group). The band is seen as a precursor to SFA but was never as popularly embraced. I don't feel this lack of attention is merited though, as the music is quite well done. I recall myself repeated showing friends the song "Colli’r Goriad" which has some catchy, if less than understandable (for non-Wlesh speakers like me), singing. Yes, all the songs and titles are in Welsh. Some of the tracks remind me of elephant 6 pop ditties ("Gafael Yn Dynn" and "Ffarout") whilst other are more garage-like ("Valium" and "Hydref Yn Sacramento"). Overall, the compilation is able to pull together a very solid album displaying the talent of these Welshmen before they reached their current status.

To be had here (192 kbps):
Ffa Coffi Pawb - Am Byth

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