Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
Barafundle


4.5
superb

Review

by Jared Ponton EMERITUS
July 28th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Awesome

So in a long overdue quest to dig apart the enshrouded indie confines of the 90s decade, possibly on such a venture because you were falsely led astray by those whom you may have trusted as a lad or laddette growing up - but that’s another story for another time – you, by scrounging through charts of RYM, sorting through various Radiohead(s), Elliott Smith(s), and Britney Spears(s), find an admittedly odd-named, Welsh psychedelic folk band, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. As a general rule you only settle for the best when it comes to picking this or that from a band’s discography, particularly one that doesn’t ring a bell with many of the cool kids, and hence, you solely lay your nasty, greedy little hands on the band’s 1997 fourth full-length, Barafundle. Queue it up, then open the file, and enter hither:

Write-ups from various publications on the topic album of choice love to throw Super Furry Animals-isms throughout their writing, describing Mynci’s up-until-1997 extreme, uncontrolled nature’s sudden move to tighter-leashed, yet experimental acoustic folk, golden pre-Animal Collective messing as something related to their Welsh nature, or something like that. But for the sake of this audience – i.e. sputnikmusic, which's users are not quite up to date on their Furries, sadly – you specifically wouldn’t go wrong by just envisioning Modest Mouse with a slight narcotic buzz, chilled without Isaac Brock’s tension, and Sufjan Stevens, with a much-needed pisser and adventurous temperament, making an album together. Oh, yeah, wow.

I kid you not, though: Barafundle is not only Mynci’s strongest album, but it is a strong runner for the 90s’ most underrated stomp of grandiose achievement. I know, so in that case you might ask, “does it top either of The Olivia Tremor Control's masterpieces"” Eh, not quite, much doesn’t I’ve come to find, but what it does hang over any of Control’s work is, ironically, its sense of control, as well as the overall unity of its material when placed in comparison. You can find such contents as a homage to The Rolling Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper” in the varying tempo changes of “The Barafundle Bumbler”; various acoustic nuggets in which singer Euros Child’s vocals really shine, like in the lyrically dark opener “Diamond Dew” or Welsh-sung “Pen Gwag Glas”; and a handful of piano-centered cuts: “Dark Night”, “Bola Bola”, and “Hwyl Fawr I Pawb” – the last of which is once again sung in the Welsh language.

And you know what about all of that" It feels right, man; it feels really right, but there's more: Light neo-folk-cum-Current 93 diddies" Check, Barafundle has those. Oh, well okay then: horns and flutes" Yes and yes, surprising isn’t it" And if it’s as good as I say it is, then why haven’t you heard about it" Well, like many of the works of Super Furry Animals, much of the Welsh scene’s explosion in the 90s – more like crackle when compared to the Brit-pop dominance of Oasis, Blur, and Pulp – tapered off smoothly to relative obscurity with the coming of the new millennium, and for the most part, stayed contained to its origins. This isn’t to say you won’t find fans of either band – say hello to their Metacritic scores, if you have time – but yes, unfortunately, this environment and a since-then lack of marketing punch has often left Barafundle without a home, i.e. the hearts of many music listeners that would surely be all over it, if only they listened.

Barafundle is a rare case in music, specifically in the realm psychedelic folk and the like, where experimentation, variation, and songwriting meet in one happy spot, with none of its inhabitants’ appendages being shaved off in the least during the process. You could attribute it to Child’s rock-solid knack for coming up with abundant hooks for every song, arguably in a time when the songwriter was at his best in both his solo work and Mynci’s career. Or perhaps it’s how the rest of Mynci's members are able to work their piano, acoustic guitars, violins, distortion, drums, and background vocals messing together for a moving, jelled psychedelic folk, indie and twee pop, what-have-you experience. Either way, Welsh Gorky's Zygotic Mynci’s Barafundle is a 90s gem that many are probably even now searching for as they dig through their music charts. Hold up, guys - I’ve got what you’ve been looking for right here.



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Ponton
Emeritus
July 28th 2010


6362 Comments


know a few members that would probably love this album

hope you like it if you try it out



SowingSeason
Moderator
July 28th 2010


28370 Comments


i like the summary, it speaks to me

also, psychedelic folk sounds cool im going to check this out

also, pos'd

Digging: Julia Holter - Aviary

Ponton
Emeritus
July 28th 2010


6362 Comments


thanks season, not sure if it's your thing but it's worth a try

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2010


11979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sounds tasty

Ponton
Emeritus
July 28th 2010


6362 Comments


Go for it rudy, you're one of the ones that I thought would love it

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2010


32190 Comments


I will check this out based on my love for Modest Mouse

I will pos this because it is gooooooooood

Ponton
Emeritus
July 28th 2010


6362 Comments


it's more tame than modest mouse, childs just isn't as abrasive as brock can be, but i definitely get that vibe with how the band mix and match tempos, song structures, and the like like Mouse does on Moon.

much appreciated, Dev

Bitchfork
July 28th 2010


7584 Comments


Would I like this? Too lazy to read the work of a homosexual dash-dash-semicolon man.

Ponton
Emeritus
July 28th 2010


6362 Comments


I don't think you would, i can't really tell though with your taste changes, so maybe

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2010


11979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

getting it now, i love OTC

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2010


32190 Comments


Little bits I've heard so far sound pretty sweet

Winsomniac
July 30th 2010


8524 Comments


Isn't Mynci a neopet? js.

zakalwe
July 3rd 2014


25895 Comments


Woah. Blast from the past paranoid delusional flashback. I thought my world was going to collapse in on itself when I first
heard this through the haze back in the day.
Album rules hard.

Pheromone
July 5th 2014


6431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

downloading

zakalwe
July 5th 2014


25895 Comments


Patio Song dude.

Pheromone
July 5th 2014


6431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a nice song, not too sure if I can swallow 17 songs going the same direction as that though. I'll check anyway because It's rare when your recs don't rock

zakalwe
July 5th 2014


25895 Comments


Nah this is a right mish-mash bro. Moments of genuine beauty throughout. I've only recently dug it out again. Haven't heard it in years, I like it more now than I did back then.


Pheromone
July 5th 2014


6431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fair do's, I'm off on a long train journey so I'll spin it today sometime and I'll tell you what I think whenever

zakalwe
July 5th 2014


25895 Comments


Have a good one dude, where are you off to. Anywhere interesting?

Pheromone
July 5th 2014


6431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not especially mate just heading up to Kent. Not so long of a journey in reality but comparing it to the usual trips up to southend area it's pretty long.



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