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For the last decade, and almost completely under the radar, Carwyn Ellis’s record releases have been momentous for people who love pop with no labels, and no boundaries. People who, after a record hunting afternoon, might enthusiastically arrive home with findings like Francoise Hardy EPs from the Vogue era, Arthur Verocai, Broadcast reissues, an Alessandro Alessandroni soundtrack, dusty old Nilsson albums, Lovin Spoonful’s ‘Do You Believe In Magic?’, Meic Stevens’ ‘Outlander’ and an original, mint condition, O’Jays ‘Back Stabbers’ LP.

With Cookie Zoo, Ellis first proved he had the talent and the tools to sum up, in forty minutes, all the magic of the best pop music recorded over the last fifty years – observed, absorbed and refracted through the kaleidoscopic prism and pastoral aura of his native Wales.

Before Edwyn Collins decided that Carwyn had received much less attention than he deserved, and released two wonderful Colorama albums, ‘Good Music’ (2012) and ‘Temari’ (2014) on his own AED label, Ellis had already recorded and released the ‘Magic Lantern Show’ EP (2009), the Shindig-acclaimed ‘Box’ (2010) and this, his very first album: ‘Cookie Zoo’ (2008).

A debut, recorded when he was already in his thirties, where we can find all of his personal universe. Cookie Zoo also features ‘Dere Mewn’, now a Welsh pop classic, and one of the most beautiful songs recorded in the United Kingdom in the last decade. This album is that rarest of flowers: inhabiting it’s own magical garden, filled with brilliant songs of all possible colours.

Album out November 9th on Banana & Louie Records.

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