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Ynys Announces New Album “Dosbarth Nos” (Night Class) Due July 12th via Libertino Records & Shares New Single “Aros Amdanat Ti” (Waiting For You) | Single Feature

April 29, 2024

Ynys Announces New Album “Dosbarth Nos” (Night Class)

Due July 12th via Libertino Records

& Share New Single “Aros Amdanat Ti” (Waiting For You)

Ynys, the brainchild of Race Horses / Radio Luxembourg’s Dylan Hughes, is set to release their new album Dosbarth Nos (Night Class) via Libertino Records. The album, which is out on July 12th, follows the release of their 2023 Welsh Music Prize shortlisted debut. Recorded live over a period of four days at the picturesque Mwnci Studios in West Wales, the album showcases Ynys‘ musical evolution – embracing a more energetic and adventurous sound palette with its extraordinary dynamic arrangements, and capturing the essence of the band’s live performances.

Dosbarth Nos embodies the culmination of Ynys‘ creative journey, marking a significant milestone in the project’s evolution. Hughes’ meticulous approach to songwriting, coupled with the band’s collaborative energy, has resulted in an album brimming with intention and newfound confidence.

When I started writing the songs that would form the debut record, I wasn’t sure I was writing an album and I didn’t think too much about playing the songs live,” says Dylan. “When you’re sitting at the piano it’s easy to let your hands fall onto familiar notes, into their comfort zone, and you end up with a lot of quieter mid-tempo songs,” he continues. “This time, I knew from the outset that I was writing an album and I wanted to try and capture the energy of our live set.”

Most of the songs on Dosbarth Nos, which are sung in a mixture of Welsh and English,began as short piano experiments played on Hughes’ hallway piano in his Aberystwyth home. “I can’t help myself from playing a chord or something whenever I pass it,” he explains. Most of the tracks were written in a fairly short period of time. “I’d booked in the recording session for the album a few months in advance, and I could see that circled out week on the fridge calendar staring back at me every day, which was good motivation.”

I guess it’s an old rock cliché – going to the Welsh countryside, getting away from the city to record an album,” says Dylan. Having navigated the recording of the first album in shorter sessions over several weekends, sometimes weeks apart, Hughes was keen to take a different approach with this record. Booking five days at a studio, gathering everyone in the same room, and completing the core of the record in one session. “Having played together as a live band for a couple of years now, it felt natural to approach recording this way. We would record two or three songs a day then walk to the village pub, have a pint and put some records on the jukebox – blissful!”

Dosbarth Nos sounds like an album that was written with intention and a new found sense of confidence. “When I recorded my first track as ‘Ynys’ I double tracked the vocals with my friend Mali because hearing my voice on record was so unfamiliar and uncomfortable,” says Dylan. “The second record is still harmony heavy but there’s space for the lead vocals to feature.”

I think that on contemporary records people sometimes have a fear of making music that sounds catchy,” he explains. For fans of idiosyncratic pop acts like Sparks, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and ELO, as well as more contemporary artists like Sam Evian and Father John Misty, Dosbarth Nos is brimming with big choruses and joyously catchy melodies that will live in your brain long after the record has finished.

Track List

Darnau Coll

Aros Amdanat Ti 

Dosbarth Nos

Shindig

Welcome Back To The Island

Hi Sy’n Canu

Dim Ond Ni

Gyda Ni

Wild Waves

Ynys

To coincide with the fantastic news of this welcome return, Ynys has today shared the first track from the forthcoming record titled “Aros Amdanat Ti” (Waiting For You). The new single which is streaming below, is a song about friendship and feeling lost, and is described as showcasing Ynys’ penchant for infectious melodies and dynamic arrangements, drawing comparisons to early Paul McCartney and Todd Rundgren records.

“It’s taken some time to develop the confidence to put something as upbeat and pop out there,” says Dylan of the single. “I suppose lyrically the song reflects that.

Immediately jubilant, this bright, brash, joyous spark emerges from the expansive chords and keys and the first bar pulls the listener into the vibrant voyage of this release. A track that stirs as the movement floats through immersive melodic peaks. The heavy twangs and the acceleration behind each elevated note and harmony, backed with the various harmonies, every element of this creation evokes this golden touch. You’ll be moved and transported with this delectable ease to the centre of the innovative vintage vibe.

Ynys brings rolling rhythms and these glistening spacious grooves to this timeless piece, a single that could exist in any of the past four decades. It’s mighty, advantageous and emitting countless hooks, lyrically you’ll be mesmerized of the addictive repetition and illustrious instrumental loops.

The first release conveys this momentum and vivid energy which bolsters this artist in a more powerful direction. Already a songwriter who can easily alter the listeners’ world, there seems to be a clear invigorating push that has allowed Ynys to scope out further experimentation and unite the band to expand their dynamic range with a lasting influence.

“Aros Amdanat Ti” excels in the excitement for what else is ready to be embraced from this highly anticipated album.

Pre-Order The Album Here

https://ynysmusic.bandcamp.com

https://ynysmusic.com

https://www.libertinorecords.com

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