Noeth

9Bach

Released 25 April 2019

  1. Llyn Du (Acoustic)
  2. Yr Olaf (Acoustic)
  3. Lliwiau (Acoustic)
  4. Llwybrau (Acoustic)

Liner notes

9Bach’s music is an atmospheric, evocative hybrid of the Welsh folk tradition and of contemporary influences and working practices. Following three album releases, one of which —Tincian— received the coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Album of the Year, Noeth is an acoustic four track EP performed Lisa Jên and Martin Hoyland. Songs from Tincian and the following album, Anian, are stripped back to their most ethereal and beautiful form. First up is ‘Llyn Du’ —which translates as ‘Black Lake’.

‘Yr Olaf’, isinspired by a photo of Sudan —the last male white rhino— written from the perspective of a poacher, where Lisa is questioning what kind of person wants to destroy such an amazing thing, has pleasure in planting their dagger in leathery skin and enjoys the last glimmer in their eye.

‘Lliwiau’ means colours. It’s a positive outlook on childbirth— all the pain and craziness, the brightly coloured shapes, the tunnel vision, when you close your eyes and the instant love that you feel for this soul that comes out.

‘Llwybrau’ means paths, based on a poem called ‘LLwybrau Unig’ by William Griffiths.

Llyn Du (Acoustic)

Further Listening

  • Anian

    9Bach

    Released 28 April 2016

    ‘Anian’ is 9Bach's third album. Like 2014's ‘Tincian’ it begins in North Wales, but broadens out through Greek and Near Eastern influences into an emotional tour de force. Angry, sad, but most of all passionate at the state of the world, the album taps into a truly universal language.
  • Tincian

    9Bach

    Released 11 May 2014

    9Bach's second album is an atmospheric, emotional record that reflects their home environment of Gerlan, North Wales. The songs on the album are all stories: some of them autobiographical, some are other people's true stories and others imaginary. A hybrid of the Welsh folk tradition, and of contemporary influences and working practices.

Further reading

WOMAD at Home presents two new online performances mixed in 360° immersive audio

These sessions follow a successful 8-part series which was broadcast in Autumn 2020.

NTS Work in Progress 2021: artist development opportunity

Included in the offer for successful applicants is studio time at Real World Studios.

Track of the day: ‘Curfew’ by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

'Curfew' is taken from the forthcoming album M'berra, out on 23 April 2021.

‘4 August 2020’ — a short story by Jerker Virdborg

Written by Swedish writer Jerker Virdborg, it's inspired by Loney dear's album A Lantern and a Bell.