ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Ryder-Jones – Iechyd Da | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Domino Records

Released: 12.01.24

 

 

 

 

 

Dearest Bill Ryder-Jones, what a bloody big record you’ve done! Iechyd Da is an absolute triumph. The artist’s fifth album provides the listener with resplendence; sublime and rich from start to finish. This album takes possession of your auditory system with its delightful melancholy, entrenched in heartache and reflection.

Combining those deep, empty chest sentiments of loneliness and loss with big orchestra sounds, euphoric strings, sombre piano and delicious harmonic layers that keep my short attention span occupied, the album takes the listener on a journey through the moments that encapsulate the songwriter’s memories. Happy/sad songs brimming with hope, light and life after grief result in a truly wondrous piece of work.

 

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