Welsh chanteuse and electronic producer Gwenno returns with an introspective third album ‘Tresor’ exploring the impact of motherhood on the psyche.
Gwenno today announces her new album ‘Tresor’ released 1st July. To celebrate the occasion Gwenno has shared the first single, ‘An Stevel Nowydh‘, an irresistible psyche-pop gem which comes accompanied by an intriguing and visually striking video she directed.
Commenting on the track and video Gwenno says: “An Stevel Nowydh (The New Room) is a song about finding yourself somewhere entirely new and realising that you’re completely lost, and acknowledging that the only thing to do in an existential crisis is to don your favourite hat and dance! The short is part of a longer film that I’ve created with Anglesey-born filmmaker Clare Marie Bailey due to be revealed this summer. It was shot on Super 8 in Bryn Celli Ddu, Mynydd Parys, and Porth Ia (St Ives) during Summer 2021, it was edited by Joan Pope and stars the incomparable Eddie Ladd as ‘Greddf’ (Instinct).”
Tresor (Treasure) is Gwenno Saunders’ third full length solo album and the second almost entirely in Cornish (Kernewek). Written in St. Ives, Cornwall, just prior to the Covid lockdowns of 2020 and completed at home in Cardiff during the pandemic along with her co-producer and musical collaborator, Rhys Edwards, Tresor reveals an introspective focus on home and self, a prescient work echoing the isolation and retreat that has been a central, global shared experience over the past two years.
Tresor diverges from the stark themes of technological alienation in Y Dydd Olaf (The Final Day) and the meditations on the idea of the homeland on the slyly infectious Le Kov (The Place of Memory). Accessible and international in outlook, peppered with moments of offbeat humour, Le Kov presented Cornish to the world. The impact of Le Kov was resounding, providing for the Cornish language an unprecedented international platform that saw Gwenno touring and headlining in Europe and Australia, and supporting acts such as Suede and the Manic Street Preachers. Her performance of ‘Tir ha Mor’ on Later with Jools Holland was a triumph, and the album prompted wider conversations on the state of the Cornish language with Michael Portillo, Jon Snow, and Nina Nannar. After Le Kov, interest in learning Cornish hit an all-time high, and the cultural role of the language was firmly in the spotlight.
Additionally, Gwenno has announced a number of UK live shows beginning with an appearance at the 6Music festival in Cardiff. The dates can be found further down this announcement.
✬ UK LIVE DATES ✬
Saturday 1st April – Cardiff – 6Music Festival
Saturday 30th April – Edinburgh – Stag & Dagger
Sunday 1st May – Glasgow – Stag & Dagger
Thursday 5th May – Wrexham – Focus Wales
Saturday 28th May – Totnes – Sea Change Festival
Friday 3rd June – Port Talbot – In It Together
Sunday 12th June – Kidlington – Kite Festival
Saturday 3rd September – Manchester – Psych Festival
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