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ADWAITH – ” Lan y Môr “

Posted: February 17, 2020 in MUSIC
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Carmarthen’s own Welsh Music Prize winning wonders, Adwaith. The post-punk trio took time out from working on their second album and a hectic touring schedule (including an upcoming date in Russia of all places!), to release their re-interpretation of the Welsh folk-song, Ar Lan y Môr, translating as On The Waterfront.

If the lyrics are traditional folk, the music couldn’t be much further removed, building around surfy-guitars and a delightfully fuzzy bass line, which, without accusing anyone of plagiarism, could have been lifted straight from Belle And Sebastian’s brilliantly trippy number, Legal Man. Like all the best cover versions, Adwaith take something they love and make it entirely their own; proudly Welsh, defiantly creative, and, as they always are, utterly wonderful.

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Lan y Môr is out now via Libertino Records.

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Already strong contenders for the best band to come out Carmarthen, Adwaith are the trio of Gwenllian, Hollie and Heledd. After a number of well received singles, the band are ramping up to release their debut album later this year, and have this week shared the latest taste of it, new single Gartref.

Translating as, At Home, Gartref is a song about“a longing for something which isn’t clear. What is home? Where is it?”With each new track, Adwaith seem to take the listener to some new musical landscape; in Gartref’s case, it’s a darker, gloomier place than before. The percussion sounds bright and driving, as pulses of bassy synth and muted, processed vocals create a dense engulfing wave of noise that drags you down into the darkness with it. Outspoken, creative and ludicrously talented, Adwaith aren’t just the future of Welsh music along with Gwenno,

Band Members
Hollie Singer,
Gwenllian Anthony,
Heledd Owen

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Adwaith were one of 2017’s break-out acts, quickly charging to the forefront of both the Welsh-language and DIY scenes. Whatever 2018 has in store for this Carmarthen-trio is going to be well worth keeping an eye on, and it’s starting with the release of a new double-A single, Fel I Fod/Newid.

Fel I Fod was written at a time of great change in vocalist Hollie Singer’s life, as she explains, “everything was new and scary to me. This song is about being afraid. Afraid of being stuck. Afraid of being comfortable somewhere I don’t think I belong. It’s about realising you’ll be okay even if you don’t feel okay all the time.” Musically, Fel I Fod is astonishing, all muted gorgeous keyboard washes, bright melancholic guitars, and mind-blowingly tight vocal harmonies.

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If Fel I Fod, is a tender, inward glancing moment, Newid is an anthem for our modern world, and the next generation, “the generation who were deceived and ignored by the cold, selfish world of Brexit and Trump”. Yet it’s not entirely downbeat, in the clattering post-punk chords, and pulsating bass there’s a feeling of hope, as they sing, ‘Bu nhw byth yn torri ni’ – they never break us! Making Welsh-language music might often be seen as niche, but making it this beautiful, this accessible, this powerful: well that’s very interesting indeed.

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Band Members
Hollie Singer,
Gwenllian Anthony,
Heledd Owen,