In the midst of tiresome jangle-pop chords, post-punk trio Adwaith — Hollie Singer
Gwenllian Anthony, and Heledd Owenare –are here to bless not only the Welsh music scene, but music lovers looking for a change of pace. On arrival, the trio graciously release their Double-A side via Libertino Records and not only offer a beautiful stance of change, but multi-layered compositions that are a dimensional welcoming to the band’s sound.
Adwaith possess a quaint bite of delicatables, ranging from this post-punk sound to a murkier wash that echoed highly in the 90s. “Newid (Change)” clearly takes parts of this sentiment with muffled guitar chords that begin to build upon a slightly less aggressive feel, but none the less a powerful message. Hollie Singer explains, “‘Newid’ is an anthem to the new generation, the generation who were deceived and ignored by the cold, selfish world of Brexit and Trump. Yet the song finishes on a resounding note of hope ‘They never break us’, ‘passion develops in us’. These are songs about change but also songs to change lives and worlds.”
On the other side of the coin, “Fel i Fod (Like to Be)” takes a gentler and passionate approach. Longing guitar chords fill up the first minute as electronic bits chime in to the raising, emotive vocals. It shimmers with a vast amount of hope and roars louder than its 4-minute containment. “Fel i Fod” meets gorgeously with its new-wave finish, huddling with vocals in perfect harmony. Singer further explains, “I wrote ‘Fel i Fod’ at a time in my life where a lot of things were changing, 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.’ ‘Fel i Fod’ is at once delicate, yet bold and full of confidence as it reaches its crescendo. It shows musical maturity that is carried forward to the powerful post-punk chords of ‘Newid’.”
Dynamically and sonically pleasing, Adwaith present listeners with a hopeful taste of reality backed on the echos of sound that have been loved for years, yet with fresh vitality. This places the trio on our radar and we look forward to new collection of sounds that await them this year.