Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

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Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood”

1954. RICHARD BURTON

The BBC first broadcast Under Milk Wood, a new “‘Play for Voices”, on the Third Programme on 25 January 1954 (two months after Thomas’s death), although several sections were omitted. The play was recorded with a distinguished, all-Welsh cast including Richard Burton as ‘First Voice’, with production by Douglas Cleverdon.

Watch: This isn’t so much a music video as it is an epic film in just six minutes

Period drama meets apocalypse meets the supernatural.

British band Alt-J’s new music video for Pleader is less video and more cinema. It’s only six minutes long, but the sweeping short film captures not only the transcendental qualities of the track from the group’s third, most successful album Relaxer, but also the source of the song.

The track, according to the band, was inspired by Welsh writer Richard Llewelyn’s 1939 novel How Green Was My Valley, a story set in 19th century Wales, in a small mining town. The song was recorded in a cathedral with an organ and a boys’ choir – of which the band’s keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton was a member as a child – and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. [ . . . ] More: Watch: This isn’t so much a music video as it is an epic film in just six minutes