The Joy of Decks with Adwaith

Gwen, Heledd and Hollie from Welsh post-punk band Adwaith take part in our ‘Joy of Decks’ Q&A.

What record is on your turntable right now?

Gwen: Mattiel – Satis Factory

Heledd: Another Sky – I Slept on the Floor

Hollie: Khruangbin – Mordechai

What’s the last great album you listened to?

Gwen: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

Heledd: Mort Garson – Mother Earth’s Plantasia

Hollie: 925 by Sorry

Are there any classic albums that you only recently heard for the first time?

Gwen: David Bowie – David Bowie

Heledd: ABBA –  The Album

Hollie: The White Album by The Beatles

What is the most vital ingredient of a great album?

Creativity, innovation and consistent diversity.

Describe your ideal listening experience (when, where, what, how).

Gwen: Driving, on a warm day.

Heledd: On a train in the countryside. 

Hollie: Blasting music really loud in my room.

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The Joy of Decks with Adwaith (image credit: Theatr Clwyd)

What’s your favourite album no one else has heard of?

Gwen: Vem – Mallu Magalhães

Heledd: Xardín Interior – Esposa 

Hollie: – Sault

What album should everybody get into before the age of 21?

Gwen: Fleet Foxes – Fleet foxes

Heledd: Y Dydd Olaf – Gwenno

Hollie: Demon Days – Gorillaz

What album should nobody get into until the age of 40?

Coldplay – X&Y

Which artists — musicians, singers, songwriters, producers — working today do you admire most?

Gwen: Damon Albarn

Heledd: Marta Salogni

Hollie: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Demon Days by Gorillaz, a favorite album of Adwaith member Hollie (image credit: Discogs)

Do you have any comfort albums?

Gwen: The staves – Dead & Born & Grown

Heledd: Lucy Rose’s Something’s Changing

Hollie: Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs

What’s the best album you’ve received as a gift?

Gwen: Pop Princesses

Heledd: I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose – Bombay Bicycle Club

Hollie: Fishing for Fishies – King Gizzard

What album do you recommend to people most often?

Gwen: Joia! by Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18

Heledd: Big Thief’s Capacity

Hollie: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett

What’s the most interesting thing you learned about an album recently?

Heledd: It’s not an album, but ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna and Jay Z uses a garage band drum loop.

Hollie: Little Simz – Stillness in Wonderland is a concept album based on Alice in Wonderland.

Which genres do you especially enjoy listening to? And which do you avoid?

Gwen: I like electronic, folk and funk and avoid pop, punk and metal.

Heledd: Pop mostly – I don’t really avoid anything!

Hollie: I enjoy hip hop and tend to avoid American accent screamo music.

What album might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

Gwen: Ten by Girls Aloud

Heledd: Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh

Hollie: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. – Gwen Stefani

Is there any album in your record collection you desperately wish you’d made?

Gwen: Neu! by Neu!

Heledd: Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Hollie: The Score – Fugees

Have you ever changed your opinion of an album based on information about the artist, or anything else?

Gwen: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead: Morrissey has put me off big time

Heledd: Ryan Adams – 1989 for obvious reasons

Hollie: Michael Jackson – Thriller, again for obvious reasons

You’re organising a party. Which three artists, dead or alive, do you invite?

Gwen: Viv Albertine

Heledd: Britney Spears

Hollie: Amy Winehouse

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What album did you feel as if you were supposed to like, and didn’t?

Gwen: Headroom by Men I Trust

Heledd: The Smiths – The Smiths

Hollie: The Now Now by Gorillaz

Any upcoming albums you’re really looking forward to?

Gwen: Whatever the next album by Sybs will be.

Heledd: DOMi & JD Beck’s debut album together.

Hollie: Beabadoobee’s new album Fake It Flowers.


Melyn by Adwaith is available now from Libertino Records.


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