2018 Album of the Year
- Adwaith : Melyn
Last year we picked eight essential albums, this year one stands out. Smashing through already high expectations Adwaith's debut is a post punk delight, full of fearless, soulful and dark art pop. With just hints of The Cure and early PiL in their sound, the Carmarthen three piece have set a standard for a resurgent Welsh music scene with a record of intense, unique music.
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- The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
On stage The Goat Ropers' cosmic country blues has an acoustic punch equivalent to a high volume heavy metal band. They have played tepees, festivals and concert halls across the UK and into Europe this year, but an intimate 81 Renshaw Street gig in August showed their full emotive range. A third album is due in the new year.
[More : The Goat Roper Rodeo Band Website]
This year as a watchlist we have picked two very different Welsh language bands that should release stunning debut albums in 2019
Crawia is a new band coalescing around Sling singer-songwriter Siôn Richards, for a first album release on Sbrigyn Ymborth next year. Richards' elegant, emotive Americana framed singles such as Bradwr and Perlau have already marked out his creative talent, and rare live appearances have confirmed it; that he sings in Welsh should prove no barrier to Crawia's music having an impact well beyond
Y Fro Gymraeg.
[More : Crawia Facebook
I Crawia Twitter]
- Los Blancos
A jewel in Libertino Records roster, Los Blancos have found a sound somewhere between The Dream Syndicate and The Replacements - especially matching the verve and barrelling energy of the latter. A clutch of singles, including the superb AA Clarach / Cadi in June, have heralded a first album in the new year, which should prove they are one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from Wales in the last decade.
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