On 2 March, Gwenno releases her the highly anticipated second record ‘Le Kov.’
It brings us great joy too share a video for the first single ‘Tir Ha Mor.’
Gorilla Vs Bear premiere the single & video:
Gwenno’s goal was 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, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries,” and the shimmering, swirling psych-pop odyssey “Tir Ha Mor” is a lovingly reverent and almost mystical tribute to Peter Lanyon, the St. Ives school painter “who learned to fly a glider plane in order to ‘get a more complete knowledge of the landscape’ where he lived, and died after crashing his aircraft in August 1964.”
About the video Gwenno says:
“We drove to St Ives and marvelled at the crashing waves, went up the coast, past Zennor and arrived at Levant Mine to pause for thought and remember those who had given and lost so much to the land. All we could do was appreciate the rugged landscape, as so many had done before us. We drove back to Cardiff and I mulled over the merits of dancing to your own song, and concluded that it’s alright to do so sometimes. Cornish Abstract Landscape artist, Peter Lanyon, Marghek an Gwyns (Rider of the Wind, his Cornish Gorsedd bardic name) glided over the land to get a better feel of Cornwall, and Tir Ha Mor (Land and Sea) is inspired by his methods and muse. I filmed what was in front of me, which is nowhere near the same level of commitment, but it is my interpretation of what I saw and felt and that, I hope, is worth something.”
Written entirely in Cornish, ‘Le Kov’ is exploration of the individual and collective 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 make her second album entirely in Cornish: 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, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries.
Gwenno opens our ‘Heavenly Weekend in Hebden’ where she will be playing new tracks from ‘Le Kov.’ Taking place at the Trades Club on Thursday 22nd February.
In the spring Gwenno will tour her new record, playing headline shows that include a date at one of our favourite venues London’s Hoxton Hall.
Check out the live dates, tickets and all the latest news on Gwenno’s Artist page ↓