Ani Glass on Her New Single - “Y Ddawns”
"This system is going to crack soon, you can't just put up walls when people are dying."
Jun 30, 2016 Web Exclusive Photography by Rhodri Brooks
Former Pipette and The Lovely Wars frontwoman Ani Glass (aka Welsh native Ani Saunders, sister of her Pipettes bandmate, and fellow solo artist, Gwenno Saunders) released a new single on Monday, "Y Ddawns" ("The Dance" in Welsh). It's a driving synthpop anthem for all those striving to break free of the confines of everyday life. Glass says of "Y Ddawns": "The song is a rallying call for those seeking inspiration in language and art. The dance is the imagination and the music the language. We're so busy in our day-to-day lives, it's difficult finding the path that you think you should be on. You just haven't got the time or the energy. 'The Dance' is discovering that or even just escaping all the humdrum stuff, through music or through art. In the chorus I'm singing 'if you find your path before me, don't wait, you go, go to the dance.' For me, 'the dance' is the music, that's how I get out of day-to-day life."
Feel-wise, with its sense of darkness mixed with great pop melodies, this would not be out of place on ABBA's The Visitors. "I don't feel dark," Glass comments. "But you do pick up creative vibes from everything that's around you and society is all kicking off now. This system is going to crack soon, you can't just put up walls when people are dying, something's got to give. I'd rather write a pop song about it than cry. I guess the darkness came out in the visuals," she laughs
Glass is referring to her deranged video for the single. "Filming with Dyl Goch was great. He's worked a lot with Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. We shot it at 5 a.m. in an underpass at this massive roundabout in Cardiff. It was freezing. We had a vague narrative but I didn't really realize before he turned on the camera that I was gonna be insane. It just felt right," she laughs. "So I ran through the underpasses being mental and possessed. And the police arrived and said 'Sorry, we had a member of the public concerned for your welfare.'"
Stay tuned for an EP and live gigs.
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