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Watch: Gwenno - “Patriarchaeth” Video

Debut Album Y Dydd Olaf Out Now via Heavenly Recordings

Sep 15, 2015 Gwenno
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Y Dydd Olaf, the debut solo album from Gwenno Saunders (released simply under her first name), got a proper full-on release in July via Heavenly Recordings after an initial sold-out very limited release last fall. Today she has shared a video for its single, and the album’s second track, “Patriarchaeth.” Ian Watson directed the clip, which superimposes various versions of Saunders on top of herself in a color display as she sings the song. Check it out below.

Saunders explained the video to NPR, who premiered it, saying: “The video was made using a variety of lo-fi methods of manipulation including chewed-up VHS tapes and the randomized erasure of digital memory.”

Saunders was previously best known as a member of the retro-sounding girl group The Pipettes (which also featured Rose Elinor Dougall), but Y Dydd Olaf sounds very little like that fun pop group, as it’s mainly sung in Saunders’ native Welsh language and is inspired by an obscure 1970s Welsh sci-fi novel that shares the album’s title and was written by Owain Owain. And musically there’s a blissed out Krautrock vibe, with reference points that include 1960s electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (responsible for arranging the Doctor Who theme), Broadcast, and Stereolab.


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