Review: 'Helsinki'

Fabulous Fflur!
By Shaun Davies

Fflur Dafydd a'r Barf
Helsinki (single) (Rasal)

I KNOW it's a long time to wait for the next album if you're a Fflur Dafydd fan.
The launch of Fflur's much-anticipated second album is far away on November 16... but I will whisper a little secret. On June 5, the latest Fflur Dafydd a'r Barf single was released. Available for download on iTunes and released by Rasal, the single contains two songs- Helsinki and Y Drwg (The Bad).

No prizes for guessing what Helsinki is about! It starts like a Jackson 5 song and does contain its fair share of indecipherable lyrics- but that's only because Fflur sings at twice the speed of sound.It comes across like a travelogue and is a catchy number with plenty going for it, helped in no small part by Fflur's stunning voice. Not surprisingly, Helsinki was inspired by a trip to a festival in the city- and you wish it didn't have to Finnish! Y Drwg is slower and not as memorable as the title track- but it is still a great vehicle for Fflur's sumptuous voice.

A worthy point is taken off by the unrequired use of an electric guitar later on, but fans of Fflur Dafydd a'r Barf will love the single.