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.
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Gwenno Saunders has had quite the roller-coaster life having been in the Pipettes, had a role in Welsh Language soap Pobol y Cwm on S4C and been touring keyboard player with Elton John. Meanwhile I’ve done nothing but sit on my big fat lazy arse.
This album was released a few months ago on the Peski label but has now been picked up by Heavenly. It’s a Welsh language album of dreamy electronic pop. Opener ‘Chwyldro’ is very impressive despite joining the ever growing army of records out this year which sound exactly like Broadcast. Broadcast didn’t sing in Welsh though; there’s the difference. Otherwise most things are intact; Krauty drums, analogue synths and an all pervading air of other-worldliness. When one of these tracks appeared on 6 Music yesterday I thought it was Jane Weaver, and certainly tracks like ‘Sisial Y M’ sound very much like her recent ‘The Silver Globe' record.
The album is inspired by an obscure 1970s Welsh language sci-fi novel, not that you’d know unless you spoke Welsh. The tunes are generally strong enough to transcend any need for language. Its electronic krautery will appeal to fans of Death and Vanilla but when she turns her hand to instrumentals though the effect is mesmerising. ‘Dawns T Blaned Dirion’ is a gorgeous piece and at 1.25 is so frustratingly short I’ve had to play it three times. It’s like Tortoise meets Board of Canada in outer space.
A few things pass straight over your head as the album wears on but still it's a varied and well produced record with several moments of glory.
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