Welsh Albums

Welsh Albums – Our Best of 2020

Listening to music, whether it’s a classical concerto or experimental electronica, has provided many of us with an escape from the madness of 2020. Here are our contributors’ favourite Welsh albums of the year. Our 2020 number one Welsh album will be announced on Monday 21st of December.

Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain – Gwenifer Raymond (Tompkins Square)

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Even in Exile – James Dean Bradfield (MontyRay)

Mai – Georgia Ruth (Bubblewrap Collective)

Electric Lliedi Land – The Hepburns (Radio Khartoum)

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Concertos – BBC NOW with Stewart Goodyear (Orchid Classics)

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Eyelet – Islet (Fire Records)

Care City – Deyah (High Mileage, Low Life)

Inner Song – Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)

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Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul – Natalya Romaniw (Orchid Classics)

Mirores – Ani Glass (Neb)

Beachcomber – Lynne Plowman (Prima Facie Records)

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Ofni – Cotton Wolf (Bubblewrap Collective)

Pang! – Gruff Rhys (Rough Trade Records)

Bwncath II – Bwncath (Sain)


Previous number ones:

2019: Everything Solved at Once – Silent Forum (Libertino Records)

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2018: Echo the Red – Accü (Libertino Records)

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2017: Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den – Rufus Mufasa (Dope Biscuit)

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