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Gwenno Shares New Song “Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow”

Le Kov Due Out March 2 via Heavenly Recordings

Feb 27, 2018 Gwenno
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Welsh musician Gwenno (full name Gwenno Saunders) is releasing her sophomore album, Le Kov, on March 2 via Heavenly Recordings. Previously she shared a video for its first single, “Tir Ha Mor” (it was one of our Songs of the Week). Now she has shared another song from the album, “Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow.” The album is sung in Cornish, a somewhat lost language native to the United Kingdom and spoken by few. “Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow” translates to “She Shed a Flood of Tears.” Listen to it below.

In a press release Gwenno says the song is “inspired by the title of Aphex Twin’s piece from his album Druqks. I imagined Richard D. James coming across this ‘long lost Cornish ‘70s folk rock’ song on vinyl in a charity shop in the city of Le Kovand stealing the title.”

Le Kov is the follow-up to Y Dydd Olaf, Gwenno’s debut solo album that initially got a sold-out very limited release in 2014, before getting a proper full-on release by Heavenly in 2015. A press release sites Broadcast, The United States of America, White Noise, and Serge Gainsbourg as influences on Le Kov. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys contributes guest vocals to “Daromres Y’n Howl.”

Gwenno had this to say about Le Kov in a previous press release: “This album is a combination of accepting the culture which your parents have valued enough to want to pass on to you, regardless how small, and utilizing it in a positive way to try and make sense of the world around you, it’s also about having to accept and respect the nuances that make us all different and discovering that all of our stories share the same truth.”

Gwenno was previously best known as a member of the retro-sounding girl group The Pipettes (which also featured Rose Elinor Dougall).

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Garden Shed
January 29th 2019

I really like the song “Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow” which translates to “She Shed a Flood of Tears.” And actually the whole album is great - Garden Shed