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Band names are not often inspired by jumpers, but whilst watching an episode of Alaska based TV series ‘Northern Exposure’ two musicians from the equally mountainous north Wales were inspired to form a band. The name ‘Land of Bingo’ was taken from a jumper worn by the character Ruth Anne Miller, and so began collaboration between fellow recluses Haydon Hughes and Rhys Edwards.

Despite growing up in close proximity, they only met each other whilst performing in a cowhouse as part of a music festival which was held in rural Carmarthenshire. Bonding over the fact that both have heart murmurs, these oddballs began to experiment with sounds merged from their solo material. Haydon has recorded as Y Pencadlys and Seindorff, pioneering Welsh language electronic music full of warped imagination. Rhys also known as Jakokoyak – a folktronic project flirting casually with brilliance has released music in the UK and internationally and supported the Super Furry Animals in Japan.

The result is a musical project specialising in off kilter pop gems full of bass driven electronica with looped vocals singing tales as varied as Barry Fry’s audacious sacking of managers and the bizarre National Library of Belarus in Minsk.

They entered the studio in May 2010 to record an EP featuring bass playing by Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals), drumming by Arran Ahmun (Australian Pink Floyd) backing vocals from Gwenno of The Pipettes and is produced by Kris Jenkins (often credited as ‘Sir Doufus Styles ).

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