Band to watch: Melin Melyn

Words by Melanie Xulu

Welsh wizards Melin Melyn have caught our attention with their eye-catching artwork and Gorkys-esque neo-psych and folk sounds. Switching frequently from Welsh to English (sometimes mid-song) their tracks are filled with oddball humour and general charming nonsense… in that effortless Syd Barrett way. Melin Melyn are quickly gaining momentum as a band leading the way for Welsh psych, emphasising once again how Wales – that small rainy corner of the UK – continues to be at the forefront of neo-psychedelia across the globe.

Their single ‘Dewin Dwl’ came out last month on Bingo Records, a breezy psychedelic surf-rock sensation sung entirely in the band’s native tongue, which has been described as “the love child between Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci & The Beach Boys, if Good Vibrations had been written by Cardiff Bay.”

Speaking on the track, lead singer Gruff says:

“Dewin Dwl. It means Silly Wizard. We’ve all met a Silly Wizard in our time, and when they depart, I’ve often wondered, where do they go? This is a tale of legends: of bards debating upon a hill, dancing with skylarks and smoking a big fat pipe in a pub. It’s also the name of a smash hit cartoon from my childhood. Tan y tro nesa! // Until next time!”

Check out ‘Dewin Dwl’ here:

Their upcoming EP Blomonj is due for release on the 17th of August via Bingo Records (vinyl/digital). You can also catch the band at Green Man and End of the Road Festival this year.

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