It’s been an amazing – and busy! – year for Meilyr Jones. Following rave reviews for his solo debut album 2013, released in March via Moshi Moshi, he’s toured the land rapidly building a devoted fanbase and stealing hearts at festivals and headline shows, culminating in a recent sold-out performance at the Village Underground in London. Now, in celebration of his most excellent year, Meilyr returns with a new recording of ‘Return To Life’, one of the many stand-out tracks from his album. This new version is a recording made with the band with whom he’s toured throughout the summer, serving as an alternate version to the more orchestrated original that features on the album.
Critical acclaim for 2013, out now on Moshi Moshi:
“A grand songwriting tour… Lush and lyrical, Jones makes 2013 a year to remember.” Q – 4 Stars ****
“A big, bold, entertaining debut that defies easy pigeonholing… A joy from start to finish.” The Observer – 4 Stars ****
“There are traces of Welsh peers Cate Le Bon and Euros Childs, but Jones has a broader palette: 30-piece orchestra, accordion, choir, field recordings et al… This is Meilyr’s time.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“What a lovely record this is… 2013 fits snugly into the line of cosmic Welsh music alongside the work of Gruff Rhys and Euros Childs.” The Guardian – 4 Stars ****
“A musically sophisticated album with plenty of bold brass stabs and rich string arrangements, and one great melody after another.” The Times – 4 Stars ****