Gwenno Vinyl, CD & tapes by Gwenno at Norman Records
Gwenno Saunders’s award-winning 2015 debut Y Dydd Olaf was comprised of songs in Welsh, with one in Cornish. This follow-up is exclusively dedicated to the latter language, which is spoken fluently by the artist. The lyrics are partly based on local legends of sunken cities, which have particular metaphorical weight when considering the implications of a dying language, set to suitably melancholy, sub-aquatic piano and synth arrangements. . There’s also a cover of local hero Aphex Twin’s Hy a Scullyas Lyf a Dhagrow, and a guest rap from Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys.
Welsh groove-pop from Gwenno on Peski. Y Dydd Olaf is an ode to story telling, the preservation of language and the modern sounds of the Welsh underground. The undeniable influence of krautrock giants Neu! and the psychedelic rock sounds of the 60's, are mixed with contemporary poppy grooves and production akin to bands like Yo La Tengo and Wooden Shjips. It's infectious as hell. Out on vinyl LP.