Tŷ is the fourth album on Wayside and Woodland from Shropshire based multi-instrumentalist, Eric Heath. Born in Athens, Georgia, he was brought up in London and moved to Shropshire at the age of 6.
The album is Welsh-language pop music bursting with space, texture and the joy of collaboration, incorporating a winding collection of themes, topics and styles. The absurd humour of Ivor Cutler and the laconic delivery of Kevin Ayres are strong inspirations, along with a growing interest in classic supernatural fiction.
The increasingly mundane mass entertainment culture convinced Heath to bin his TV, eschew the cities and instead concentrate on his Welsh language studies. The music and poetry of this historic language helped Heath to research the history behind much of the borderlands he calls home; the simmering politics ingrained deep in the memories of friends over the border, the drowned valleys and the crushing of an area rich with mythology and strong in identity.
Heath delved deep into these stories, and with Tŷ he satirises his discontent with the world around him. He shares a kinship with the kaleidoscopic, politically fired pop music released through the fiercely Welsh Ankst and Sain labels and draws on the pioneering space symphonies of Joe Meek, fusing them with the low season tranquillity of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.
Tŷ also features substantial contributions from members of epic45 as well as Lukas Cresswell-Rost (The Pattern Theory), Joe Cave (Babytwin) and Elaine Reynolds (Fieldhead/The Boats).
2.Yr Sioe Afanc
4.Pan Mae’r Cathod yn Rheoli’r Môr
7.Stŵr y Mae