“The thought of unequal pay gives me butterflies but all you care about is the
gap between my thighs”
The best compliment I can pay this couplet is that it could be a typically adroit
dissection of the heart-of-the-matter from a Beautiful South song. And when
you hear it in wrapped within the context of the guitar-driven, perfect pop
melody of Adwaith’s Femme, the compliment swells. Femme is a witty and formidable
iron fist of a feminist thesis in a velvety pop glove.
‘Pop’ is sometimes used to dismiss but pop has helped all of us make it
through the night at one time or another and this is one eighties child that will
always salute a great pop song, especially when it comes packaged in a retro
‘double A-side’ format even when there are no longer any ‘sides’ in an
overwhelmingly digital world.
As with the classic eighties double A-side, here the stablemate offers contrast
and is an equally strong runner. I can appreciate the lyricism with Lipstick Coch
but not the entirely Welsh lyrics, aside from knowing that ‘coch’ is ‘red’ in Welsh.
But the bass intro is a definite ‘headphones moment’ as it continues to funkily
cut across a dancey guitar and an ethereal vocal that sounds like it could have
been recorded in a cathedral.
I googled ‘Adwaith’ and I don’t think it’s Welsh but one suggestion was that
it’s a name that means “powerful and complete” and this double A-side from Carmathen’s
Adwaith certainly is both.
Follow Adwaith via https://www.libertinorecords.com/adwaith.
Listen to them, buy them and even better see them at:-
30 September, Saturday, Riverfront Newport
3rd November, Friday, Do Not Go Gentle Festival Swansea
8th December, Friday, Libertino Christmas Party, Clwb Ifor Bach Links
Listen to both sides of Adwaith’s single here