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After nearly a decade fronting Welsh indie pop band Race Horses, Meilyr Jones' solo debut explores newfound individuality inspired partly by a post-disbandment, post-relationship trip to Rome, Italy in the spring of 2013. Despite the circumstances, 2013 is less a breakup album than an assertion of self, simmering with wry humor and musical whimsy, often evoking a combination of Rufus Wainwright and compatriot singer/songwriters Gruff Rhys and Sweet Baboo. These qualities are all on display on the symphonic "Passionate Friend," with woodblock, flittering woodwinds, strings, and pitch-bending brass bringing to life the lyrical melodrama. Elsewhere, the operatic "Olivia" stretches from tympani to wind chimes, and "Featured Artist" is a vocal-era lounge act-type tune about ego and fleeting moments of celebrity (such as the guy who gets "on the front of that free magazine"). Like most of the album, these songs were recorded live in the studio with a 30-piece orchestra, an approach used to replicate the effect of Frank Sinatra recordings. Other songs, like the ballad "Refugees," are sparer, though this one, too, was captured live, reportedly in one take while concurrently shooting Jones at the piano for the single's music video. There's also the unexpected 90-second interlude "Rain in Rome," an approximated Renaissance-style a cappella piece with an outdoor setting. For all of the album's playfulness, there are still signs of heartache, with lyrics like "love is a weakness, love is a curse," and songs such as the jaunty opener "How to Recognise a Work of Art," which has the songwriter working through a metaphor to expose an inauthentic person ("It's a fake"). Through it all, and sometimes in spite of ambitious arrangements, Jones proves himself to have a way with poignancy and yearning melodies that stick.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2016
Label: Pias America
UPC: 5414939933134
catalogNumber: 68
Rank: 146674


  1. How to Recognise a Work of Art
  2. Don Juan
  3. Passionate Friend
  4. Refugees
  5. Rome
  6. Rain in Rome
  7. Strange Emotional
  8. Return to Life
  9. Love
  10. Olivia
  11. Featured Artist
  12. Be Soft

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meilyr Jones   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano
Emma Smith   Violin,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Gavin Thompson   Choir, Chorus
Daniel Bradley   Percussion,Drums
David Allan   Choir, Chorus
Cate Le Bon   Voices
Lavinia Blackwall   Choir, Chorus
Jean Kelly   Harp
Hannes Arnold   French Horn
William Yates   Trombone
Chris Smith   Trombone
Euan Hinshelwood   Guitar
Dan West   Bass Trombone
Piotr Jordan   Violin
Steffan Jones   Percussion
Simon Tong   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Stephen Black   Bass
Lucy Railton   Cello,Background Vocals
Seb Philpott   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Robert Jones   Piano
Michael Kidd   French Horn
Richard Shepherd   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Valentina Magaletti   Drums
Lucy Mercer   Percussion,Drums
Anisa Arslanagic   Viola
George Sleightholme   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Gruff Ab Arwel   Electric Guitar
Graham Mack   Choir, Chorus
Declan McDonnell   Choir, Chorus
Charlie Neeson   Choir, Chorus
Alexis Stearns   Choir, Chorus
Adam Stearns   Choir, Chorus
Teresa Magee   Choir, Chorus
Sarah O'Shaughnessy   Choir, Chorus
Rory Haye   Choir, Chorus
Ronan Deazley   Choir, Chorus
Flora Curzon   Violin,Background Vocals
Eloisa-Fleur Thom   Soloist
Sinéad Frost   Bassoon
Sylvana Labeyrie   Harp
Katarzyna Kowalik   Harpsichord
Eoghan Kelly   Trombone
Katie Stevens   Violin
Pippa Ovenden   Piano
Simon Eastwood   Double Bass
Katherine Bryer   Oboe
Kimon Parry   Clarinet
Soila Häkkinen   Violin,Background Vocals
Koichi Yamanoha   Acoustic Guitar
Joseph Davies   Piano,Conductor
Emily Hale   Violin
Iris Pucciarelli   Harpsichord
Maya Kaddish   Violin
Olwen Foulkes   Recorder
Rehana Brown   Flute
Richard Jones   Viola
Ann-Kirsten Neeson   Choir, Chorus
Charlotte Eva Bryan   Choir, Chorus
Christine Arthur-Collins   Choir, Chorus
Heyley Pullen   Bassoon
Pawel Siwczak   Harpsichord
Wezi Elliott   Theorbo
Louie Larkin   Choir, Chorus
Aimee McMorrow   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jimmy Robertson   Engineer
Louise Mason   Cover Photo
Meilyr Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Iwan Morgan   Producer,Engineer
Robert Jones   Engineer
Pippa Ovenden   Engineer
Joseph Davies   Arranger
Laszlo Rozsa   Engineer

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