ALBUM REVIEW: Gwenno – Le Kov | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Heavenly  Recordings

Released: 02.03.18






Never one to play to an audience’s expectations, following on from 2015’s dystopian marvel, Y Dydd Olaf, Gwenno’s new album is a kaleidoscopic, affair sung entirely in Cornish.

Picking up exactly from where the previous record left off (the final track on the album was sung in Cornish, the rest sung in Welsh), Saunders’ gorgeous, smoky voice is still centre stage, but the exceptional music draws on a broad range of influences.

Tir Ha Mor is a transportative, Komische-inflected number and Den Heb Taves combines a Gainsbourg-inspired bassline with swirling pianos that sound neo-classical. Ideologically, Le Kov is about the preservation of marginalised language – this is highly accessible and satisfying; let this beautiful, nocturnal record into your heart and it will endure for repeated listens.



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