Meilyr Jones splits this single between a heartfelt solo piano and voice song, Refugees, and the full baroque orchestral sweep of Birds. Both pieces showcase a grand musical style and a reality-rooted lyrical intent, with lines including “switch off the television”. Refugees / Birds is out as a limited edition 12” on Moshi Moshi.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 05 August 2015
‘You’ve got to switch off your television, start talking’ is the first line that you’re met with on Meilyr Jones’ duo of songs on this here 12” which chronicles the journey of a couch potato starting in their living room, sorting their partner troubles out, making that effort to stand up and then walking out of the door. It’s supposed to be a return to nature and our unwillingness to face such earthly things as birds and conversation with the rise of technology, perhaps. Propelled by unashamed bombast, the stately tune of ‘Refugees’ moves from simple piano/voice beginnings to more orchestral flavours edging in towards the middle, exploding fully into large-scale score by the end. ‘Birds’ deals with the results of this action, patiently listening to the intricacies of birdsong. I’m unfamiliar with his stage work, but apparently it injects more humour into the music, something that might be partially lost without physical capers.
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