GWENNO – ” Patriarchaeth “

Posted: July 4, 2015 in MUSIC
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Gwenno, who has released a wonderful debut album in  Y Dydd Olaf’ (The Last Day) mixeing ethereal electronic pop, with a strong political message all sung in her mother tongue (Welsh, well except for the one sung in Cornish that is).  It’s a million pop light years away from her former life as one-third of uber girl group the Pipettes and some of her early solo tunes.  But, of course, this sort of songwriting talent doesn’t just happen overnight, it must have always been there, but many of us were probably too dazzled by polka dots and girl group chants to see it!

It’d be very lazy to describe Gwenno as morphing from polka dot pop princess into a Welsh EMA, but perhaps we could draw some parallels if only we could speak Welsh. What we do know is her album takes its name from Owain Owain’s 1976 novel Sci-fi novel of the same name, which is set in a dystopian future in which robots subjugate the human race via medication.  The album address big theme’s such as patriarchal society, government-funded media propaganda, cultural control, technology, isolation and the importance of, and the threat to minority languages. After a limited release on Peski Records last year, its about to be re-released on Heavenly Records, and it’s quite stunning whatever language you speak

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