CARIAD CWANTWM (ankst141) Geraint Jarman’s new album

REL.DATE FRIDAY 27th JULY 2018 ( CD/Digital)

Ankstmusik are proud to announce the release of Cariad Cwantwm (Quantum Love), album number seventeen by Welsh legend Geraint Jarman in time for Summer 2018 and announce live dates at the annual National Eisteddfod in Cardiff and beyond for Geraint and his band.

For the first time in his career Geraint has decided to record an album comprised only of reggae tracks. This is an obvious (if overdue) decision for an artist who has regularily used reggae rhythms in his songs since the mid seventies. Geraint has used reggae’s radical ability to deal directly with social consciousness issues in many of his most political, spiritual and personal songs to share messages with his audience up and down the country and this new album brings this side of his work to the fore. On songs such as ‘Losing your Rhythm’, Mabinogi Burgers, O Precious Life, Revolt and Revolutionary Dream’ he adresses modern society’s ongoing existential crises head-on ‘it’s hard to move with the beat, when you’ve lost your rhythm’ / ‘The Welsh are singing in their free ghettos’

Reggae’s more commerical,light, loving and joyful sides can be also be heard on the singles Addewidion(Promises) which lovingly recreates a bittersweet breakdown in a lovers rock style, whilst Troedio (Amblin) is a whistling ode to the joys of city living and attests to the continuing power the sounds,rhythms and people of Cardiff have on Geraint and his work.

It is hard to process the fact that it will be forty years since Geraint recorded and released his Welsh lanuage rock masterpiece Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau and insired whole generations of young rockers to become Wales’s future. Even harder is being able to assess and process all the artistic highs in a career as musician, poet, writer, producer and director that now spans over half a century. All we know is that this latest release enhances and comments on this unique legacy, and with live shows being announced in support of the relase this journey is far from over.

Over the last seven years Geraint has created four solo albums of wide ranging scope and style with his band, trusted producer Frank Naughton and choice collaborators like Gareth Bonello, Griff Lynch and Peredur ap Gwynedd which make it clear that he is in the middle of an astonishingly creative rebirth that is flourishing and on-going. Cariad Cwantwm is a forward looking album full of love and anger that will finds its rightful place soundtracking our upcoming hot and heady Summer.

Read more about the album here
Purchase the CD here

6 July single Addewidion (ankst142)
7 July Gwyl Nol a Mlaen, Llangrannog
27 July single Troedio (ankst143)
27 July albym Cariad Cwantwm (ankst141)
7 August Eisteddfod Genedlaethol,Canolfan Mileniwm
11 August Clwb Ifor Bach,Caerdydd
9 November Canolfan y Celfyddydau, Aberystwyth
10 November Pontio, Bangor