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Bill Ryder-Jones Announces New Album “Iechyd Da” due January 12th 2024 via Domino & Shares New Single “This Can’t Go On” + Live Dates

September 25, 2023
Photo credit: Marieke Macklon 

Bill Ryder-Jones

Announces new album Iechyd Da for January 12th 2024 
Shares new single “This Can’t Go On”  
Confirms UK tour

Bill Ryder-Jones will return with his fifth album Iechyd Da on January 12th 2024. Iechyd Da is a record that is rooted in love, loss, pain, heartache and often a deep darkness, but also one that frequently ends up in places of profound beauty, hope and joy. “I love this album,” says Bill, “I haven’t been this proud of a record since A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart.” 
 
His first new record in five years, Iechyd Da is also his most ambitious LP to date. Beautifully produced, rich in scope, at times joyous, grand and sweeping, at others heartbreaking, intimate and tender. “It’s my most produced record,” adds Ryder-Jones, who from his Yawn studios in West Kirby has recently been producing the likes of Mick Head, Gerry Love and Saint Saviour. “It’s basically me carrying on with myself again, but this time around I’m a bit more competent as a producer.” 
 

Lyrically, Ryder-Jones is also in potent form. At times he celebrates directness, being more open and honest than ever, while other moments are more complex and multi-faceted. He’s always able to seamlessly balance sadness with stunning beauty, and sly self-deprecation with palpable gentleness. 
 
Today, Bill also shares the first cut from the new album, “This Can’t Go On”. Featuring strings from a 1978 Flashlight song, it captures Ryder-Jones out in the pitch black of night, walking the streets, feeling lost, empty, and “on my way to a breakdown” he says. The resulting song however, is a towering piece of music that is bold and expansive, existing in a seamless duality with some of Ryder-Jones’ most vulnerable, exposed and tender lyrics. “​​I feel like a little boy,” he sings at one point, an admission in vivid contrast to the almost triumphant music that carries those words. 
 
Directed by James Slater, the wistful video for “This Can’t Go On” was filmed in Crail, Fife, referencing the album artwork painted by Dale Bissland.  

The strings sweep in and the ambience immediately provides this stirring sensation. When the rhythmic introduction to the melodies emerges, the audience appreciates the emotion that resonates from this tender ensemble. The journey of this creation eludes to this elated euphoric status. Through the dreamy vocal harmonies gliding through the vivid melodic movement, Bill captures both melancholy through the tonality and glimmers of hope and happiness all through this very volatile ensemble. A track just destined to move you, alter the audience and change their mood, to bring elements of reflectiveness and joy. Bill brings beauty to this captivating composition.

Due to Ryder-Jones’ deeply wide-screen approach to making Iechyd Da – one that has Mick Head reading Ulysses over an instrumental one moment (“…And the Sea…”) to sampling the Brazilian singer Gal Costa (“I Know That It’s Like This (Baby)”) – Bill even got children involved. “I just thought I’d throw the kitchen sink in and get some kids as well,” he says. “It was such a sweet day with them – quite moving. It’s quite funny when kids sing because you can tell they’re just tapped into the energy and not the sound.”  
 
The name of the album means good health in Welsh, while the album’s closing “Nos Da” – a beautifully woozy lullaby – means goodnight. “My love of Wales has always been there,” he says. “Half of my family is from there, I lost my brother there, all my childhood holidays were in Scotland or Wales. It’s just a magical place with an incredibly beautiful language. Although I did have to go to Gruff Rhys and ask him about calling it this as I’m still very much an Englishman – he OK’d it.” 
 
“Over the years my music has lost a bit of its hope I reckon,” contemplates Bill Ryder-Jones. “It were important for me to make a record that had more hope in it. Even by my standards the last few years have been rocky, but I’ve chosen to soundtrack it with more positive music, you know?”  
 
Iechyd Da indeed.  
 
Alongside an intimate show at The Lexington, London, later this week, Ryder-Jones has confirmed 2024 tour dates for the UK, Ireland and Europe.  

Tracklisting: 

1. I Know That It’s Like This (Baby)
2. A Bad Wind Blow In My Heart pt. 3
3. If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
4. We Don’t Need Them
5. I Hold Something In My Hand
6. This Can’t Go On7. …And The Sea…
8. Nothing To Be Done 9. It’s Today Again
10. Christinha
11. How Beautiful I Am
12. Thankfully For Anthony
13. Nos Da 

Iechyd Da is available to pre-order on DomMart-exclusive coloured vinyl (with postcard), Dinked-edition coloured vinyl (with exclusive Big Softies 7” & signed sleeve – SOLD OUT), Indies-exclusive coloured vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and digitally.

Pre-order: DomMart | Dinked | Digital

Upcoming live dates 
Wednesday 27th September – The Lexington, London 
 
2024 
Tuesday 12th March – Room 2, Glasgow 
Wednesday 13th March – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 
Friday 15th March – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham 
Saturday 16th March – New Century Hall, Manchester 
Sunday 17th March – Thekla, Bristol 
Tuesday 19th March – CHALK, Brighton 
Wednesday 20th March – Islington Assembly Hall, London 
Thursday 21st March – Content, Liverpool 
Saturday 23rd March – Paradiso, Amsterdam 
Sunday 24th March – Hafenklang, Hamburg 
Monday 25th March – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin 
Wednesday 27th March – Trix Bar, Antwerp 
Thursday 28th March – La Maroquinerie, Paris 
Saturday 30th March – The Workman’s Club, Dublin 
Sunday 31st March – Black Box, Belfast 

https://billryderjones.co.uk/

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