“Armed with beautiful chord progressions and a subdued spacey sound, ARGRPH has an immensely calming effect on the listener. With well-structured developments and a keen desire to experiment, this is a group that would appeal to a wide range of music lovers, and even if you don’t speak Welsh they can affect you deeply.”
Buzz Magazine (Buzz Breakthrough Acts 2017)
Perthyn i'r hwyrddydd mae ARGRPH – y lle hwnnw rhwng nos a dydd. Mae ARGRPH yn cwmpasu blas yr heulwen a themâu telynegol y cyfnos er mwyn creu sain i gyd-fynd â'r breuddwydion a gollwyd gennym yn ein hieuenctid. Fe ddechreuon nhw dan gysgod dirgelwch ond ni allai cerddoriaeth ARGRPH aros yn gudd. Ar ôl y cynigion anochel am gigs fe roddwyd gwedd derfynol i’r band o amgylch Emyr Sion Taylor gyda felodiau syrff, sensitive.
Ymdeimlad o fod wedi'i ynysu sydd wrth wraidd y band, a'r ysbrydoliaeth yw glan môr Aberystwyth. Mae Emyr wedi edrych yn boenus o ddwfn i’w enaid i greu caneuon gonest sy'n brydferth ond hefyd yn cynhyrfu. Dan ddylanwad harddwch noeth gwaith TS Eliot mae caneuon Emyr yn dweud amryfal bethau ac yn cyfleu amrywiaeth o emosiynau drwy eiriau dethol a chlindarddach y cordiau.
Trwy amsugno sain cinematic Scorsese a Tarantino mae ARGRPH yn caru’r gorffennol gymaint ag y maent o greu dyfodol. Ym mis Hydref 2016 rhyddhawyd ‘Tywod’, sengl cyntaf ARGRPH ar label Decidedly, a derbyniodd adolygiadau brwd ac darllediadau mynych ar y radio yn enwedig y BBC. Recordiwyd ‘Tywod’ gan Llŷr Pari (cynhyrchydd/allweddellau/offernynau taro) (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Palenco. Omaloma, Y Niwl) gyda Geth Davies, drumiau (Sen Segur, Lastigband) George Amor, bas (Omaloma, Sen Segur, Palenco). Dyfarnwyd hi’n un o ganeuon y flwyddyn gan David Owens, Western Mail / Walesonline. Mae ARGRPH eisoes wedi sefydlu enw da iddo’i hun fel band byw cyffrous a deinamig ac fe’i ddewiswyd fel prif gefnogwr pan lansiwyd Georgia Ruth yr albwm ‘Fossil Scale’, yn ddiweddar. Fe fydd hon yn flwyddyn fawr i ARGRPH gan fod deunydd newydd ar y gweill a rhagor o deithiau wedi’u trefnu.
ARGRPH exist in the gloaming - the space between night and day. Through sunshine ambience with twilight lyrical themes, ARGRPH create a soundtrack to dreams we lost in youth. Starting off under a blanket of mystery, the music of ARGRPH could not remain hidden. After the inevitable gig offers came in, the band galvanised around Emyr Sion Taylor’s distinctive, surf imbued delicate melodies.
Created out of a sense of isolation and with the stirring tide of Aberystwyth beach as a canvas for inspiration, Emyr painfully dug into his own psyche and wrote bruising and honest songs that are at once beautiful yet also unsettling. Taking inspiration from the stripped bare beauty of TS Eliot’s poems, Emyr's songs say a million different things and convey a huge spectrum of emotion through a select choice of words and crashing chords.
Absorbing the cinematic sounds of Scorsese and Tarantino, ARGRPH is equally in love with the past as it is in creating a future. October 2016 saw the release of ‘Tywod’, ARGRPH’s first single for the label Decidedly, to fast critical acclaim and extensive radio plays especially on the BBC. ‘Tywod’ was recorded by Llŷr Pari (producer/keys/percussion) (Cowboys Rhos Botwnnog, Palenco, Omaloma, Y Niwl) with Geth Davies, drums (Sen Segur, Lastingband) George Amor, bass (Omaloma, Sen Segur, Palenco) and was announced as one of the songs of the year by David Owens Western Mail / Walesonline. ARGRPH have already established a reputation as a ferocious and dynamic live band and were selected as main support for Georgia Ruth’s recent ‘Fossil Scale’ album launch. With new material imminent and more touring planned ARGRPH will make this year there’s.
Buzz Breakthrough Act 2017, Buzz Magazine - "Armed with beautiful chord progressions and a subdued spacey sound, ARGRPH (read are graph), a Welsh language artist, has an immensely calming effect on the listener. Tywod is a particularly interesting track that’s beautiful in every way. With well-structured developments and a keen desire to experiment, this is a group that would appeal to a wide range of music lovers, and even if you don’t speak Welsh they can affect you deeply.”
From The Margins - "The word 'hypnagogia' describes the dreamlike state between wakefulness and sleep, where psyche and reality are momentarily interwoven - and it names the space where this drifting, graceful music exists. The song is the work of Emyr Sion Taylor, recorded and abetted by Llŷr Pari (producer/keys/percussion), with Geth Davies playing drums and George Amor on bass - and before listening that's clearly a lot of ability in one place. Amor and Pari also work together in Palenco - and there is some overlay in style with this single and Palenco's recent offering Cloudy Leftovers, which was released on the same day; to achieve the result here you can see why this specific producer was chosen to work with. To quote what we know Emyr wrote the track 'out of a sense of isolation and with the stirring tide of Aberystwyth beach as a canvas for inspiration', and with influence from 'the stripped bare beauty of TS Eliot's poems'; they are ambitious hinterland claims for a four minute pop song - but it works, it's a quite beautiful piece carried along by slow breaking waves of guitar and synth. You can feel the physical place that inspired it in the sound. Tywod, the title, is simply 'sand', and translated the lyric is similarly minimal, careworn and existential - a man lost (not lacking a map), weary and rueful on a beach - sung with real affect.
There is more to come - but for now there's no doubt that this is a melancholy but dazzling debut."
Y Seler - "Mae ARGRPH wedi bod yn creu, well, argrff y misoedd diwethaf......Beth sy'n gwneud ARGRPH yn wahanol yw'r islais tywyll i'r sengl 'Tywpd' gyda llais Emyr bron yn crefu wrth iddo ganu ei fod o wedi 'cael digon'. Mae'r cynhyrchiad gan Llyr Pari hefyd yn llawn syniadau difyr sy'n ychwanegu at y naws tywyll"
Turn Up The Volume - "The sheer power of music, proven once again. Although I don’t understand one word of this beautifully shaped synth scape by Welsh musician Emyr Sion Taylor I see familiar images floating by and I’m overwhelmed by the emotional colours of this symphony. Mesmeric!"
Wales Online - "Tywod" was selected as one of the "33 Essential Songs" from Wales you need to hear in 2016.”
Tell Tale Mind - "Tywod" 'hearkens back to hot summer nights spent under the stars. A beautiful track in every way."
Louder Than War - "Inspired by Aberystwyth beach and the poetry of TS Elliot and created out of a sense of isolation, Tywod is an idiosyncratic song that has a wonderful sense of melancholy that haunts the beautiful song."
Libertino - Let Tywod by ARGRPH break your heart, this song is everything a great pop song should be, making sadness sound universally joyous. 'Through sunshine ambience with twilight lyrical themes, ARGRPH create a soundtrack to dreams we lost in youth."