So much great music has come out of Wales this year. In particular there have been some top quality albums: Sibrydion's Campfire Classics; A Balloon Called Moaning by the Joy Formidable; 9Bach by 9Bach; Travels With Myself And Another by the mighty Future of the Left; and Me Oh My by Cate le Bon, to name but several. My absolute favourite track of the year is Chwyrlio, the Joy Formidable's slowed down, Cocteau Twins-esque, Welsh-language version of their single Whirring. Have a listen.
*For a handy guide to the current state of Welsh alternative music (in all its varieties) check out Adam Walton's radio show. In a three hour special he has selected his musical highlights of 2009. And there is some absolutely cracking stuff to enjoy - from Yr Ods to The Irascibles. Click here for the full playlist.