Monday 27 November 2023

Live Review: Mellt, Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff 24 Novemeber 2023

For anyone none the wiser, it would have seemed like any other unassuming Friday night in Cardiff, but packed out in Clwb's upstairs space awaited a sprawled out crowd eager to relish in some of the best Welsh language music Wales has to offer. 

Following two excellent opening sets by Cyn Cwsg and Hyll, Aberystwyth, now Cardiff-based locals Mellt took to the stage to much applause. With their second album ‘Dim Dwywaith’ out in the world, their opening set was strongly filled with tracks from the LP that fill the warming air with their joyous melodies. From Marconi's catchy choruses and buoyant rhythms to Byth Bythol's soft palatable sounds and intricate guitar riffs, the band revel in the reception as the crowd lap it up eager for more, and well deserved too. 

Causing a real commotion on stage it soon becomes apparent that they've removed their outer layers to reveal some rather fetching crop top merchandised t-shirts, much to the crowds pleasure. I was suddenly very overly dressed for the occasion.

Beneath their humour and quick wit though lies a sound that's rich in dexterity as they build luscious layers of jangly guitar pop underpinned by their excellent songwriting talents. It's clear to see why they are former winners of the esteemed Welsh Language Album of the Year award in 2018, rounded up with a Welsh Music Prize nomination to boot.

Having played together since Secondary School there's a real camaraderie on display and it transcended in to the crowd as friends of the band are easy to spot dotted around the venue as the vehemently sang back each and every word. Whilst there's always been a strong community feel in the Welsh music scene, it feels tighter than ever right now and with showcase events such as Swn Festival and nights like tonight pushing the boundaries, it's great to see. 

With no encore things are neatly wrapped up and end on a high as the band look set to firmly put Welsh language indie pop on the map. Something they're well on their way to achieving. Be sure to catch them whilst you can!



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