As you can see above, the Golau Glau seasonal EP Myrrh & Myth is available to stream and download (for FREE) from Bandcampon the Pin Factory label. Christmas, Yule, the solstice, Sinterklaas, Mari Lwyd, secular fun – all are celebrated here. Along with an excellent remix from Pye Corner Audio.
PASS IT ON – tweet links to this post, blog it, play it on the radio, burn a CD and print the songsheet and give it away at gigs or gift it as a cheap present to your work Secret Santa or extended family…
“When Welshers Golau Glau wrote to me this week (it means ‘light quickly’ and is pronounced ‘Goll Eye Gly’ – it being an amalgam of “normal Welsh” and “superarchaic odd Welsh” [THEIR WORDS]) , they tole me they had a Christmas song. And I was a-feared it would be something plain dreary about Why Christmas Is Like Really Bad? Not that I had reason to suspect this, for me and my new Welsh internet friends have previously corresbonded over amusement parks – which means they are fun sorts. Anyway as it turns out ‘Foolstide’ is the sort of thing that brings a smile to your face even if you are in Tesco’s of a Thursday evening crap-hounding your way to the cheapest drinkable bottle of Rose known to humanity. Naturally I found it (£3.20, yes), and all the way to the self-service tills I thrilled at a record that – even though it has slightly rubbish beatmatching – sounds like a Christmas madrigal gone two-step – with all the delightful silliness that implies. It’s a homemade wreath of a thing – all wonky holly wound around a coathanger and the red berries are made of plastic. And yet, it really is quite lovely.”
On the 2nd of December, which is this Wednesday, our Christmas single will be released for free. We will post a link to a zip file containing artwork and MP3s on this here blog. 2nd December is Golau Glau’s 6 month anniversary as a collective.
You can hear the Christmassy A-side, ‘Foolstide’, below:
There will be a second track, ‘A Tragic Error’, artwork and a ‘Foolstide’ songsheet. ‘Foolstide’ is about when the Puritans banned Christmas in the 17th century on both sides of the Atlantic.
Keep ’em peeled, and pass the link on to everyone you know when it comes – blog it, email it, play it on ver radio. The sack will rattle on Wednesday morning.
Stereo Sanctity include our free download single from July in their round-up of single reviews:
Interesting stuff from this somewhat hermetic Welsh [sic] outfit, with a homemade sound anchored somewhere between the eerie border country electronica of prime Ochre records output and the dalek torch songs of Broadcast. Although ostensibly still pop, and song-based, there’s something deeply spooked about Golau Glau. They sound like they’re broadcasting from some soul-dead, suburban seaside town, laptop and vintage mics hidden in the basement beneath a pebble-dashed bungalow where they sit in the dark, thinking about the cliffs down the road. Voodoo drums and Wurlitzer organ, together at last. Soothing sounds for weirdos.
Listen more closely though, and Golau Glau’s initially pretty, chanting space-songs are scarcely very reassuring, quietly addressing themselves to subject matter that would likely appeal to Luke Haines at his most ghoulish. “All our songs are about real events or things that interest us generally”, they say in the accompanying blurb, “not love songs or songs about how miserable we are or how to do a funny dance or anything, and the words can sometimes be abstract but always have meaning as well as sounding musical”. As such, ‘Soft Silver Young’ commemorates a couple who jumped off Beachy Head together with their dead baby in a rucksack, whilst ‘Heartland Half-Seizure’ concerns itself with “..Oswald Mosley, Jeffrey Hamm and the anti-fascist riot in Tonypandy in 1936”. Are you fascinated yet, or running for the exits? If the former, this single is still available as a free download from Oddbox here.