S4C Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack


Ankst Compilation EP - ATOL (ATOL 02)

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  1. 1. Catatonia - Caradion Ffol
    2. Paladr - Dwi'm Yn Gwbod. Pam?
  2. 1. Ectogram - Gwagle
    2. Rheinallt H Rowlands - Charles Bukowski

  ...on which Ectogram team up with pals, friends and mates to show what rugby songs should really be like, gently lulling us into a fragrant sleep of vivid dreans with an early, and quite different version of "Gwagle".

The press said...
Various: S4C Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack (ATOL)
As a wise old owl noted just the other pint, 'tis a thin line between John Barry and Barry John. The cunningly titled "S4C Makes Me..." is in fact a four track effort from those extremely nice people at Ankst Records in Wales and thus - leaving miracles aside for a second - features four bands singing in the language God tossed upon them.
To wit, the normally boisterous (see drunk) Catatonia are caught in a relaxed, almost choral mode. Ditto for Ectogram, stripped of their rock edge for an eerie, beatless few minutes. Paladr, meanwhile, are all feisty melodies and stumbling enthusiasm in a post Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (good grief!) kind of way, and...
...Shiver the timbers of Sherwood Forest! For then we get one Reinallt H. Rowlands and his quite insane paean to Charles Bukowski. See the gleaming teeth! Check the beaming bowtie'n'tuxedo set! Feel the vibe, which is Las Vegas transplanted to North Wales! Charles Bukowski is cheesier than - yes - a mouse's larder and hence exactly what Bryan Ferry should sound like in 1995.
Gwyrthiol, in any language
(N.M.E - Jan 1995)

Various: S4C Makes Me Want To Smoke Crack (ATOL)
Does Beck ever sit in front of the fire at night and say to himself, "What kind of monster have I spawned?" His MTV double bluff gets appropriated for an EP featuring Catatonia, Ectogram, Paladr and Reinallt H. Rowlands, all flying the flag for that idea someone once had about Welsh bands saving us from spiuritual penury. Catatonia are most convincing with their "Cariadon Ffol", a title that translates - a bit too pointedly for my liking - as "Foolish Lovers".
The other acts, sorry to say, are poo the size of continents. Ectogram even come up with a drumless track called "Void", conclusively proving that Welsh goth ambience isn't any more useful than its English equivalent. I guess ordinariness is a universal language.
(Melody Maker - Jan 1995)