Y Cyhuddiadau is Dafydd Hedd's debut album. It has 11 very diverse styles including pop, rock, dance, reggae and love. She described it as a collection of songs about love, sadness, modern life and community.
It is now available on all major platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The album's most popular songs were Cyhuddiadau, Vector and Gwyrddlas. A collection of fun songs played in gigs pre-covid.
Awards and reviews:
Y Cyhuddiadau was nominated for the 2019 Selar Awards, and ranked 10th.
You can read the review here:
Dafydd Hedd's second album, Hunanladdiad Atlas (Suicide of The Atlas), is a collection of nine songs covering geo-political themes, the loss of friends, social justice and most of all, the climate crisis. Dafydd has always been a person concerned about the breakdown of the environment, and taking part in an XR protest and learning more about the subject prompted him to write the title track: Fflamdy. He also mentions his post-industrial home Bethesda, discussing the quarry's story in Craith Weledol. Breaking the dark tone, several blushy English songs break. The gravelly voice conveys his heartbreaking experiences at North Pole and Glowstick. Several darker non-blues songs, such as Cyfarwydd a Phrin, one of the most popular songs from the collection, talk about the habits of young lads with love-keeping and the problems of separation in modern society. Finally, comes Atlantico, with samples of the sea to get the message across that everything does not last forever, and even if you lose people, new people will come, and use the idea of sea erosion in 'Atlantico' to convey this.
Gwobrau ac Adolygiadau
Hunanladdiad Atlas was again nominated for a Selar award in the 2020 Best Long Record category:
Dafydd ranked 7th in this category, improving on the previous year.
In terms of reviews, Sarah Wyn Jones from MonFM said:
"Dafydd Hedd has developed his craft in this new album. I hear more development with his sound but stick to his strong aptitude for writing words and telling feelings and stories. His talent is many years ahead of him his age. It's a privilege to listen to the album first "- Sarah Wynne, Mon FM
Daf Jones also wrote a full review of my Hunanladdiad Atlas album. Read here:
Follow Me is a single recorded, produced and written over the web with Iestyn Gwyn Jones during the pandemic. It's a song that talks about hope in a bleak context. The words that stand out most are "things will get better", "you can follow me" and "come outside, see the view". The song is an indie rock with a great build up to the final chorus through the use of guitar and atmospheric production to raise tension.
Awards and reviews:
No prize has already been awarded to Follow Me.
elis derby review
Dafydd Hedd is an artist who has continued to keep busy during what has been an exceptionally challenging year for performers - whether by leading the "The Calendar" podcast, or staging virtual gigs on his Instagram page. The single "Follow Me" is the latest addition to the Bethesda musician's canon. I've always considered David's music to have a pretty bluesy feel, based mostly on gritty guitar noise, so hearing piano was the main instrument
a breath of fresh air. His unique voice blends beautifully with the song's melancholic chords, which create a bleak and dark atmosphere, though the lyrics contrast; “Follow me, things will get better”. I feel the production needs to be taken into consideration as well, with the heavy reverb on the background guitar being the perfect addition to the atmospheric atmosphere. Although I liked the production and the instrumentation, I feel that the song would have benefited from more musical development, for example by adding more instruments to the end, or introducing a whole new section. Otherwise, from my point of view, this is the most mature example of Dafydd Hedd's work to date, taking us in a different direction. I look forward to hearing more about what the young musician has to offer.
YR IFANC SY'N gwnEUD DIM BYD
A new EP that talks about people's struggles and feelings through difficult times with hopeful intervals from time to time.
It is a collection of 5 songs that are very different. From reggae, punk, rock, pop and country, there's something for everyone on this new collection that is being recorded in Studio Un.
Y Selar - Record Fer Orau - Top 4
niwl - endaf (ft. dafydd hedd + mike rp)
This electronic track was created as a result of winning a Young Driver Talent competition with Mike RP. It has a laid-back feel and Disclosure feel, with passionate vocals that have brought previous songs together and intensified each other. He talks about the feeling of 'Fog' when feeling things like love, guilt and when it's not the right thing to do. Endaf and Mike then create funky dance music to accompany the idea of words and voice.
Gwobrau Selar - Can Orau - Top 4
"Niwl” is a single released by a group of musicians/artists who have been part of a project called “Sbardun Talent Ifanc” - which is lead by Endaf Roberts – that gives young up and coming musicians the chance to collaborate with Endaf and create new Welsh language music. Two of four successful applicants for the song were Mike Pritchard (Mike RP) and Dafydd Hedd who both feature in the track. Bethesda based Dafydd is an 18 year old artist who has experience with multiple genres including indie rock, blues, pop and punk (“Niwl” being his first introduction to electronic music) Mike RP is a 19 year old DJ / producer and is mainly associated with tech house and disco. The combination of Dafydd’s vocals and Mike’s club influences work really well together in an eclectic mix of electro and jazz, there is an unmistakable club/remix vibe throughout the track featuring a bouncy bassline and heavy
synth notes that fit perfectly with the Welsh lyrics and Dafydd’s voice. “Niwl” is a song that would complete the soundtrack for a summer of sunshine and the many socially distanced outdoor events that have successfully helped music make its much anticipated comeback. What is even more worth praising is the
main goal of the project which has created the opportunities to set up collaborations between artists who may never have had the chance without it – and “Niwl” proves the efforts have paid off pretty well indeed. A real track for the summer!
FAKE INDIE SONG
Inspired by the conflict of either following your dreams or having to earn a living, this bitter track recreates the joy of creating in an ever more corporate landscape. Spacey chorused guitars and a catchy riff encapsulates the song from the beginning. Tight and hard-hitting drums carry the vibe across the song. Dafydd’s grungy and frustrated persona along with his grainy and melodic vocal sets the story and the frustration and joy that creatives often live by.
The album art has a minimalistic template containing little but a title and the bag full of money wearing a beanie hat. It’s those who carry on creating despite the struggles that are indie to me.
Musically influenced by Megan Wyn, Joey Gardiner, The Skinner Brothers, Alfie Templeman, Liam Gallagher, Blur, Alfie Templeman, and Paramore. Although it’s quite a catch all umbrella of artists, the music is upbeat, has a groovy bass and swing rhythm, people tap their feet and move their hips when it’s played at gigs and it’s a meaningful add to any indie pop or rock playlist.
The type of person who’d love this song may be those wanting a change in the system, hardworking people giving their all in the hope of better days, and indie music lovers and those listeners (legends) who go out of their way to support independent creativity.
COLLI AR FY HUN (FRMAND REMIX)
Drum and bass remix of the song Dafydd wrote about dissassociation and losing a personality.