Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Barafundle

21 05 2010

Listened: Thursday May 20

Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci could accurately be categorized as the 90s Welsh Beach Boys. They like to experiment with lots of instruments (both traditional and modern), have very sweet and singable songs (even the ones in Welsh when you have no frickin’ clue what they’re singing about), and I’m pretty sure they did a lot of drugs. Maybe there isn’t much else to do when you grow up in Wales.

I give you Patio Song – “Well, isn’t it a lovely day. Oh, my patio’s on fire.” Yes, that’s really how it goes.

I don’t recall how I discovered them – I think near the end of high school. I was trying to find out about all the obscure British bands I could, for both music nerd ego reasons and anglophile reasons. Barafundle alone was worth all the slogging though record store bins – in those pre-Napster days it was hard to find some music even when you knew what you were looking for.

I’m still proud that my college roommate, who only really liked mainstream pop music, came to love this album enough to request that I play it!



5 responses

22 05 2010
John D Porter

Just what I was hoping for: something completely unknown to me with a thumbs up. My next random walk through Amoeba bargain bins will now have one more possible landmark to guide my foraging. Yay.

22 05 2010

You’re welcome!

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