The new songs have Welsh lyrics but the melodies draw on Greek and near Eastern influences, with subtle trip hop-influenced beats.
The CD version of the album includes an extra disc of vocal re-interpretations, Yn Dy Lais/In Your Voice. It features writers, actors, poets and singers, including Peter Gabriel, Maxine Peake and Rhys Ifans, giving their own interpretations of the songs as a way to convey the meaning to non-Welsh speakers. Band vocalist Lisa JÍn explained what each song was about and the artists were asked to retell the story using the emotion, sentiment, themes, and, sometimes, parts of the original tale.
New release: Cover artwork of 9Bach's Anian album
9Bach formed in 2005 following a chance meeting between Lisa JÍn - also known for her collaborative work with Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys - and Martin Hoyland. The band's name is a play on numbers and words, Lisa explains.
''9 is as in Nain (pronounced nine) which means grandmother in the North of Wales. Bach means little and is also a term of endearment in Welsh. In one language 9 is something so mundane as a number, but in Welsh Nain is a cozy, family orientated lovely thing: your grandmother is a person we can relate to and visualise."
Following the release of their self-titled debut album through Welsh label Gyymon, 9Bach signed to Peter Gabriel's label, Real World Records. In 2014 they released second album, Tincian, a record that reflects their home environment of Gerlan, North Wales. Though written and sung in Welsh and arranged in the folk tradition, it also taps into elements of dub and rock.
While Tincian commemorated stories from the past, Anian explores more contemporary themes.
See the teaser video here:
The band comprises Lisa JÍn (vocals, piano), Martin Hoyland (guitars, hammer dulcimer), Ali Byworth (drums & amp; percussion), Dan Swain (electric bass guitar & amp; double bass), Esyllt Glyn Jones (harp, vocals), and Mirain Roberts (piano, vocals, hammer dulcimer).
Birmingham venue: Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
9Bach' s 2016 UK tour dates:
April 29: Southampton, The Brook; April 30: Bristol, Folk Festival;
May 1: Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan;
May 4: Birmingham, Hare & Hounds;
May 5: Manchester, Deaf Institute;
May 6: Edinburgh, La Belle Angele;
May 7: Sage Gateshead;
May 11: Nottingham, Bodega;
May 12: Arlington Arts Centre;
May 13: Milton Keynes, The Stables;
May 14: Morecambe, The Hothouse;
May 15: Brighton, Komedia;
May 19: London, Bush Hall;
May 20: Stowmarket, John Peel Centre;
May 21: Cardiff, The Globe;
May 25: Cambridge, The Junction;
May 26: Keighley, The Octagon;
May 27: Caernarfon, Galeri;
June 3: South Petherton, The David Hall.