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20 (Singles And EPs 1994 - 1996)

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00007E71S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Merched Yn Gwallt El Gilydd
2. Bocs Angelica
3. When You Laugh At Your Own Garden In A Blazer
4. Mewn
5. The Game Of Eyes
6. Pentreff Wrth Y Mor
7. Cwpwrdd Sadwrn
8. Miss Trudy
9. Eira
10. Methu Aros Tan Haf
11. Why Are We Sleeping?
12. Gewn Ni Gorffen?
13. 12 Impressionistic Soundscapes
14. If Fingers Were Xylophes
15. Moon Beats Yellow
16. Pethau
17. Lucy's Hamper
18. Heart Of Kentucky
19. Sdim yr Adar Yn Canu
20. 20

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As you listen to 20, a collection of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's early singles, it's hard to understand how the Coral became a critical and commercial phenomenon while Gorky's remain a cultish footnote in rock history. In the mid-90s, the Carmarthen teenagers stumbled upon many of the same attributes that have served the Coral so well: a faintly alarming eclecticism that usually coalesces into something in the neighbourhood of psychedelia or folk-rock, a proud disconnection from prevailing trends and a quirky, almost hippyish sense of humour.

Of course, they did sing a lot in Welsh. But 20 skips over language barriers by virtue of the charm and invention of these songs. In spite of their excellent later work, this may prove to be their most satisfying album. The mood is largely one of rustic disorientation, spattered by the odd splenetic outburst: a cover of Soft Machine's "Why Are We Sleeping?" is a good indicator of the general territory. But the magic of Gorkys is also their determined oddness and unpredictability. So "The Game of Eyes" is a baroque pop classic, roughly resembling "The Monster Mash" covered by Pink Floyd, while "Heart of Kentucky" seeks to graft Krautrock onto hokey country & western and just about gets away with it. Daftness and naivety, in fact, have rarely been so beguiling. --John Mulvey

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Its great to see this collection of their early singles & ep's for the ankst lable get realeased, as they arn't commonly available at the moment. Gorky's are hardly a fashionable band. Dispite sometimes having a touch for melody that would make the beatles step back a pace, they are too uncommercial to get popular success & too unusual too get "alternative" success. Or perhaps too uncool. Those that have discovered them enjoy it that way though. Great collection, theres real imagination & originality here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ardderchog 8 Dec 2008
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Was given this as a birthday present, having been raving about Baranfundle and Bore Da for months....

Extremely addictive to listen to, especially 'Game of Eyes' and there is not one track on the album that makes it feel like a 'filler'.... Just wonderful to listen to...
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