Meic Stevens: Gwymon
PopMatters Interviews Editor
Meic Stevens remains one of the best-kept secrets of psychedelic folk-rock, but fortunately those tides are changing. In the past few years, Sunbeam Records has made great leaps towards re-releasing a lot of his seminal ‘70s work, so far resulting in two extraordinary EP compilations that—despite a majority of the songs being sung entirely in Welsh—remain as compelling as any disc released by Stevens’ American counterparts.
With 1972’s Gwymon (Welsh for “seaweed”), Stevens takes a more roots-based acoustic approach, which—unfortunately—hinders his eclectic tendencies. Songs like “O Mor Lan Yr Oedd Y Dwr (O How Clear Was the Water)” and “Mynd I Weld Y Byd (Off to See the World)” run closer towards MOR acoustic rocking than any of his previous recordings, somewhat deadening Stevens’ impact both musically and vocally. There are some great songs to be sure, but the wide-eyed energy from his earlier work is somewhat absent this time out.
Evan Sawdey began contributing to PopMatters in late 2005 after contributing for years to his college newspaper The Knox Student
. Evan became the Associate Interviews Editor for PopMatters in the summer of 2008, and then the full Interviews Editor a year after that. Since joining, Evan's work has been written for and been quoted/featured in a wide array of publications including SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle
album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com
), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C.
(Big Break Records) and the 2012 re-releases of Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder's standalone 1985 pop effort
(Virgin/Gold Legion), the JoBoxers' 1983 debut album Like Gangbusters
, 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry
, and Plastic Bertrand's 1978 album AN 1
(all Hot Shot Records). He is a current member of The Recording Academy and resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye
should you be so inclined.
Meic Stevens - Môr o gariad