DAN AMOR - DYCHWELYD
Dan Amor grew up in the village of Penmachno, in Dyffryn Conwy, where he now lives. It would seem music runs in the family; his grand-mother won an Eisteddfod chair for her singing during the thirties. Fromer lead singer with pop / rock four-piece Gabrielle 25, listeners to BBC Radio Cymru and Radio Wales will be familiar with Dans bittersweet, melodic songs such as ‘Yr Aifft Yn Y’r Haul’ and ‘Cantores Y’r Haf’. He has has also enjoyed success as a solo artist, his material enjoying airplay in Japan, Europe and America. John Peel played two of his songs, national publication Record collector gave his last EP a positive review.
His debut solo album ‘Dychwelyd’ (CRAI CD 101) once again sees Dan collaborate with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci founder member John Lawrence, who recorded, produced and played on the album. Other contributors include the DJ Moonmonkey, Drymbago bassist Paul Guest and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Williams.
Seldom has a recording process been more exciting. Whilst washing up between takes, John was struck by lightening as he was touching the sink. Dj Moonmonkey fell asleep whislt programming one of the tracks on his laptop, setting fire to his parents house in the process. But Dychwelyd has emerged a joyous album, combining haunting melodies, 70s west coast harmoies and electronic sound-scapes to gorgeous effect.
Dan writes about the weather, people, places..
Dan cites ‘Gwen Berfaith’ as an unlikely imaginary encounter with a female film star. He wrote ‘Seren Bren’ as an antidote to depression, for someone very close to him. It was also inspired by a Vincent Van Gough painting. ‘Y Tir A’r Tywydd’ celebrates the dramatic Dyffryn Ogwen, where the album was recorded: “If we ever felt the need for inspiration we only had to step outside and look at the mountains. Even when the sun wasn’t out it was awe inspiring, the swirlng clouds and weather forever changing”. ‘Cofiadau’ is about a street child in Bangladesh who can’t remember anything other than having lived on the streets. He was named by a stranger. ‘Dychwelyd i’r Mynyddoedd’ celebrates and mourns in equal measure, as Dan ruminates on the differences between city and country living.