GWENNO - LE KOV VINYL (LTD. ED. PALE BLUE)
LIMITED EDITION PALE BLUE VINYL
Release Date: 2nd March 2018
The supremely talented musician and singer Gwenno Saunders, aka Gwenno, formerly of the band The Pipettes (and previously a cast member of Lord of The Dance no less!), follows up her critically-acclaimed debut album sung entirely in Welsh, Y Dydd Olaf, with an album sung entirely in Cornish! But this is no gimmick - Le Kov could be song in any language and it would still sound incredible - yet there is something mysterious and mystical about the vocals on this record that add to it's experimental psychedelic play on pop. Because make no mistake, there are some instant synth-pop bangers on here!
"Written entirely in Cornish, Le Kov is exploration of the subconscious, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language. As one of the language’s few fluent speakers, Gwenno felt a duty to create a document of a living language, explore her identity and the endless creative possibilities of a tongue that has a very small surviving artistic output. She dove deep into research, learning about attempts to protect and progress the language and the role of women throughout Cornish history. But Le Kov isn’t really a concept album—the city doesn’t loom that large through these 10 songs, and you don’t need the translation sheet to appreciate the gorgeous, sea-warped psychedelia that Gwenno has created alongside long-term collaborator and producer Rhys Edwards. Evoking the music of her childhood – Brenda Wootton, Alan Stivell, BUCCA – along with Broadcast, The United States of America, White Noise and Serge Gainsbourg, Le Kov is shimmering and tarnished, rust mingled with barnacles, moss entwined with weathered rope."