Louder Than War favourites Adwaith have announced the details for the their forthcoming debut album ‘Melyn’. The band have also shared a new remix of their last single ‘Gartref’ by Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield.
From the moment we got the chance to review their first single ‘Pwysau’ we have been excited about Carmarthen’s Adwaith (even including them in our Ones To Watch in 2017 feature) so we were delighted to finally get the details for their much anticipated debut album ‘Melyn’. The band have also shared a remix of their latest single ‘Gartref’ remixed by none other than the Manics James Dean Bradfield which we can tonight exclusively debut:
The full press release states:
“Choosing to sing the majority of lyrics in their mother tongue, the release of their debut single ‘Pwysau’ at the end of 2016 heralded a new brave and exciting chapter for Welsh music, opening the floodgates for four further releases within eighteen months. Having already played at Green Man festival, The Future is Female festival, SWN festival, October 2018 sees them heading out on the road with Gwenno, having been selected as one of BBC Horizon’s artists for 2018.
Today, they announce their debut album, Melyn, which translates as “Yellow” in Welsh. Released on Libertino Records October 12 digital, and limited vinyl November 23. The title was chosen by the band as the colour that signified the youthful joy of creating music that flows from its songs. It also counters the darker lyrical themes that run throughout: uncertainty, heartbreak, and the pains of growing up, leaving the certainties of childhood and stepping into the unknown adult world. Unafraid to explore a darker, moodier sonic pallet too, influences include The Velvets, Patti Smith, and The Cure.
With recent backing and airplay from BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens causing the band’s quickening pulse to beat even harder, James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachershas since weighed in with a remix of their most recent single ‘Gartref’. Remixed and produced by James Dean Bradfield and Loz Williams and mixed by Dave Eringa, the collaboration adds a reflective and timeless sonic sheen to a song that is already well on it’s way to redefining Welsh music for the next generation.
The inclusion of ‘Pwysau’, their first single on the album, is a artistic choice to amplify the ark of the journey and to show how Adwaith have grown as songwriters and individuals to be a band with no creative boundaries, confidently striding forward.
Melyn is emotional and wears it’s vulnerability proudly, as shown by ‘Fel I Fod’. This stand out single is on its way to being a record breaking song as one of the most streamed Welsh language songs of all time, with already 300,000 plays after only a few months.
Driven by their musical instinct and written off the cuff in the studio during recording, their previous single ‘Gartref’ displays a clear indication of where the band is headed, taking influence from ‘The Scream’ era Siouxsie and the Banshees and the metallic desolation of Public Image Ltd ‘Metal Box’.
Adwaith’s politically aware, socially conscious stand for their generation sidelined by Trump and Brexit Britain, ‘Newid’ is becoming an anthem for a generation. Gwenllian Anthony’s lyrics stating “They will never break us. Looking at the giants above us, passion will rise from us all”. The song finishes on these spoken words, defiance in the face of a world gone astray and let by immoral leaders, Newid proudly standing for love, compassion and a just world.
The echoing expanse of ‘O Dan y Haenau’ is the result of experimenting with dynamic synth sounds and is “about losing yourself in your own mind, and being on your own in a big crowd”, whilst ‘Newid’ was written as a reaction to a piece of art called ‘The Beast of the Western World’.
The sparse ‘Diafol’ was inspired by the famous tale of Robert Johnson trading his soul with the devil, and closing song ‘Gartref’ was written whilst travelling home from an Italian festival – “We were feeling very overwhelmed. It’s about a longing for home and not knowing where it is.”
The main recording session for the album took place with the band’s long standing producer, Steffan Pringle last summer in Giant Wafer Studios in Llandrindod Wells, mid-Wales, with further sessions taking place over the last year in Cardiff.
Adwaith have also been instrumental in encouraging gender equality within the Welsh music scene, via the creation of the FEMME gig nights. A succession of sold out club shows featuring artists as diverse as Ani Glass, Chroma, Serol Serol, Gwenno and the legendary Patricia Morgan from Datblygu all sharing the same stage.
Melyn is an album overflowing with songs and moments that will redefine Welsh music for the future. A new voice to fully embrace.”
2. Lipstick Coch
3. O Dan y Haenau
4. Yn Fy Mhen
5. Colli Golwg
7. Y Rhai Gorau
8. Diafol a Fi
10, Y Diweddaraf
12. Fel i Fod
13. Cariad Cytser
11th September – The Social, London
26th September – The Lexington, London
12th October – Thekla, Bristol*
13th October – Now Wave, Manchester*
17th October – Tramshed, SWN, Cardiff*
18th October – Islington Assembly Hall, London*
19th October – The Loft, Southampton*
20th October – Falmouth University*
21st October – Exeter University*
November 17th – Aberystwyth, Students Union,
* Supporting Gwenno