Moshi Moshi records are thrilled to announce the release of 2013, the debut album of MEILYR JONES, which will be available 26th February 2016.
“I conceived of the record as a compilation of myself, over the period of a year,” says Meilyr Jones. “As an anthology, a collection of my songs and of what happened to me in that year.” The year in question was 2013, a curious time in Jones’s life, when the weeks were scored by loss and pleasure and revelation, and when he made a short but transformative trip to Rome, drawn by a fascination with sculpture and Byron and Berlioz, and by a desire “to see something new and different.”
In Italy he lived differently. “I’d go out every day, walking for hours, go to churches, just to see paintings,” he says. He spoke no Italian but lived with Romans, joining them for late night dinners and early morning drinking, and in that way of living he found “There was this spirit – that again I’d felt in Byron’s poetry – that was sweet but also really resilient.”
The songs that emerged from that time proved quite different to anything he had written before; 13 songs in which joy and rapture are tempered by wit and keen-eyed humour, by jubilant pop melody and rock and roll muscularity.