Today Gwenno delights us with a charming animation for ‘Anima’ – a new track taken from her album ‘Tresor’ which is released next month.
The animation was created by Gwenno’s bandmate Tad Davies who comments:
“Influenced by the collage art of 60s animation (Yellow Submarine, Fantastic Planet) I envisioned iterations of Gwenno traversing the world of Anima and the unconscious, reconciling the known and unknown throughout the piece. I animated fluidly with little planning, fusing found footage with collage cut-outs and 2d animation sporadically, allowing the narrative to find its way to a natural crescendo and conclusion.”
“Tad is not only an incredible musician (who I’m very lucky to have in my band) but is also a genius animator to boot. His animated interpretation of my song, Anima, is a perfect companion to it, and allows me not to have to explain too much about what the song is about – a measure of a perfect collaboration!”
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.
To celebrate the release of ‘Tresor’ Gwenno will play four in-store events in London, Manchester, Bristol and Brighton. She appears at a number of festivals over the summer and will headline her own shows this Autumn with a big London show at the Village Underground.
Friday 1st July – Manchester – Piccadilly
Saturday 2nd July – London – Rough Trade East (evening)
Sunday 3rd July – Bristol – Rough Trade (lunch)
Monday 4th July – Brighton – Resident (evening)
Saturday 3rd September – Manchester – Psych Festival
Friday 16th September – Hebden Bridge – The Trades Club
Saturday 17th September – Leicester – Wide Eyed Festival
Monday 19th September – Brighton – Komedia
Tuesday 20th September – London – Village Underground
Saturday 24th September – Cornwall – Endelienta Arts Centre
Wednesday 28th September – Liverpool – District
Thursday 29th September – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Friday 30th September – Gwynedd – Neuadd Ogwen
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