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Tonfedd Oren is Welsh for Orange Wavelength and is the latest musical collaboration between Rhys Williams and John Brenton and is their self-titled debut single on Enraptured. “We consciously set out to make something genuinely interesting and uplifting,” says Williams. “We’d love this to be a lot of people’s favourite record.”
Williams has been sporadically making multi-layered guitar instrumentals under the name Gofodwyr, which amongst others, briefly gained the attention of Huw Stephens on Radio Cymru. Brenton has been making quirky folktronica as Ojn, Landshipping and John Peel favourites, Metrotone, for a number of years. Tonfedd Oren sees them merging the two sounds together.
Williams and Brenton met when they were students in Aberystwyth, Williams being a veteran of several Welsh language bands, none of which took themselves too seriously. Recognising a similar taste in music, they started swapping 7” singles from Welsh post-punk bands (“I think I learnt 50% of the Welsh I know through deciphering Datblygu lyrics”, says Brenton), post-C86 indie and cassettes of obscure guitar bands from America’s Pacific Northwest. They then started recording together on a 4-track cassette machine and released singles and compilation tracks under the name Southville on Brighton-based Pillarbox Red Records, before parting company to explore other musical avenues. Having stayed friends over the years, Williams and Brenton concluded that it was high time they worked together on something new, Tonfedd Oren is the fruit of that labour.