THE WEDDING PRESENT RELEASE A 4-TRACK “RECORD STORE DAY 2014” 10″ WITH WELSH VOCALS
EP 4 CÂN
The Wedding Present’s Record Store Day releases seem to have become something of an obsession for David Gedge. The yearly 10” EPs make him little profit; he just gets the satisfaction of singing and recording in languages other than English… and producing extremely collectable records! In 2012 he tried his tongue at French and 2013 brought us his Teutonic warblings. In 2014, he really went all out… this 10” vinyl-only release was sung in Welsh!
A big fan of Wales and the Welsh in general, David doesn’t actually speak the language, but this didn’t stop him. He called in renowned Welsh actor, Andrew Teilo, to translate four existing Wedding Present songs. David then travelled to Cardiff where he recorded the vocals under the watch of recording engineer Arwyn Davies. They kept the Welshness going with a little help from Andrew's fellow actor, Llinor ap Gwynedd, on backing vocals.
The songs [recorded in the same session as the most recent Wedding Present album, Valentina] are different from the songs on the other two ‘language’ EPs and include the charming Valentina album track ‘Meet Cute’. There were a few hiccups during the translation from English into Welsh… the first song, '1000 Fahrenheit', had to be translated into Welsh as '10,000 (Deng Mil) Fahrenheit'... not because there is no word for 1000, of course... apparently it just sounded better!
The band celebrated the release of ‘EP 4 Cân’ with a performance at the Wales Goes Pop festival in Cardiff during the evening of April 19 following an acoustic set at Spiller’s Records [the oldest record shop in the world!] during the afternoon.
You can hear '1000 Fahrenheit [Welsh Version]' by clicking here.
You can watch a video of a live acoustic version of 'Meet Cute [Welsh Version]' with vocals from Andrew Teilo by clicking here.
RELEASE DATE : 19 April 2014
ARTIST : THE WEDDING PRESENT
TITLE : EP 4 CÂN [Catalogue number : TONE 054]
TRACK LISTING :
1. 1000 FAHRENHEIT [WELSH VERSION]
2. MEET CUTE [WELSH VERSION]
1. JOURNEY INTO SPACE [WELSH VERSION]
2. CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? [WELSH VERSION]
Format : 10” Clear Vinyl EP with a free download code for all tracks.