The debut solo record from Gwenno Saunders (best known as a member of British group The Pipettes) is highly political. But if that’s not your thing, don’t worry because – unless I’m highly underestimating our KVRX DJs and audience – you won’t understand a word of it. Gwenno sings in Welsh and occasionally in Cornish, an attempt to represent and preserve minority languages. Commendable.
Even if the lyrics are lost upon you, Y Dydd Olaf is an enjoyable record. The production gleams with futuristic electro-pop goodness. None of the tracks here are necessarily fit for heavy radio play and, admittedly, the record lacks accessibility and relatability for us American listeners. But it’s easy to get lost in the dreamy atmospheric world Gwenno creates here, one that is uniquely insular with far-reaching, extroverted intent.
Best Tracks: #1 Chwyldro / #3 Calon Peiriant / #9 Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki
RIYL: Class Actress, Bjork, The Pipettes (duh), Air, Yumi Zouma