Adrian Meilyr Jones, formerly of Welsh psych-poppers Race Horses, presents a staggeringly entertaining solo debut which should see critical acclaim piled at his pointy-toed feet and most likely claims he’s the new Morrissey.
Inspired by a move to Rome after the break-up of both his band and relationship, ‘2013’ sees the artist turn an Annus Horribilis into a triumph with a lyrically dense, orchestral and flamboyant album of articulate art-pop. Channelling a veritable smorgasbord of influences, ranging from the arched eyebrow of the aforementioned Mozzer, plus Bryan Ferry, The Beautiful South, Dexys, Orange Juice or Jarvis Cocker into a delectable chamber-pop sound dense with whimsical psychedelia and floral linguistic phrasing.
In many ways the artist-laid-bare playfulness within the album make this an interesting British accompaniment to Father John Misty’s none-more arch ‘I Love You Honeybear’. Sure to be a word-of-mouth hit in 2016