Over the last 12 months ARGRPH have released two of the most emotionally brave and naked songs in recent memory, ‘Tywod’ (Sand) and ‘CYMORTH’ (Support). Songs that dealt with and explored self-doubt, self-loathing and self-awareness, loneliness and confusion; themes seldom explored within pop culture.
For ARGRPH’s new release, the double A side single of Llosgi Me (Burn Me) and Llawn (Full), songwriter vocalist Emyr Sion Taylor has musically started anew, recording and playing all the instruments himself in his flat in Cardiff. This time the sound is more playful than the bands trademark melancholic slacker / surf rock.
While the music is at times soaring Emyr does not shy away from hard hitting lyrical poetry, as he explains:
“’Llawn’ is about the most dangerous point of isolation, contentment. In the bone it’s about being by one’s self and being lonely until it stops being uncomfortable, and sharing with others becomes the alien feeling. With this comes resentment of one’s self for the sudden inability to discuss unhappiness with those you love.”
“’Llosgi Me’ was written overnight for a BBC Radio Cymru session. It’s about falsehood, and pretending that everything is fine, simply because you can’t place quite what’s wrong.
These are the first glimpses of the debut, self-recorded, double album by ARGRPH that will see the light of day in 2018. ARGRPH have already surpassed the promise of their early singles to now explore unknown sonic and lyrical horizons that Libertino Records and their fastly growing fan base are firmly committed to. A journey that will see ARGRPH christened as one of the most singular and exciting creative voices from Wales in years.