Gwenno has shared a new video for “N.Y.C.A.W” (Nid yw Cymru ar Werth – Wales is not for Sale), off her new Tresor. “N.Y.C.A.W” is the album’s sole Welsh language track and widens the frame outward from the personal to the protest. As Gwenno comments: “A satirical prod at our current neoliberalist thinking, “N.Y.C.A.W.” (a well-known slogan in Wales against the rise of second homes) is a gentle reminder that community will always trump capitalism, and that all that matters in the end is love.”
Gwenno recently announced a run of UK shows. These include 4 x record store appearances in the days around the release of her new album. Then in September Gwenno will embark on an 8 date UK headline tour which includes her biggest London show to date, at the Village Underground in Shoreditch.
Tresor (Treasure) is Gwenno Saunders’ third full length solo album and the second almost entirely in Cornish (Kernewek). Written in St. Ives, Cornwall, just prior to the Covid lockdowns of 2020 and completed at home in Cardiff during the pandemic along with her co-producer and musical collaborator, Rhys Edwards, Tresor reveals an introspective focus on home and self, a prescient work echoing the isolation and retreat that has been a central, global shared experience over the past two years.
The album deals with the stark themes of technological alienation in Y Dydd Olaf (The Final Day) and the meditations on the idea of the homeland on the slyly infectious Le Kov (The Place of Memory). Accessible and international in outlook, peppered with moments of offbeat humour, Le Kov presented Cornish to the world.
On Tresor, Gwenno shifts focus from the external to the internal, and onto the journey of rediscovering oneself after the life-changing experience of becoming a mother. It is an exploration of desire, of reclaiming one’s body after childbirth, of working out how to exist as yourself as well as caring first and foremost for somebody else. Inspired by powerful woman writers and artists such as Ithell Colquhoun, the Cornish language poet Phoebe Proctor, Maya Deren and Monica Sjöö,Tresor is an intimate view of the feminine interior experience, of domesticity and desire, a rare glimmer of life lived in and expressed through Cornish.
Tresor the film, is inspired by surrealist filmmakers such as Sergei Parajanov, Agnes Varda, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and reflects Gwenno’s growing interest in film and the intersection of music with visual components. Filmed in Wales and Cornwall, Tresor evokes a dreamworld from another time, surreal, and sensual, saturated with light and colour.
1. An Stevel Nowydh
5. Men An Toll
7. Kan Me
10. Porth La
Gwenno 2022 Tour Dates
9/3/2022 – Manchester – Psych Festival
9/16/2022 – Hebden Bridge – The Trades Club
9/17/2022 – Leicester – Wide Eyed Festival
9/19/2022 – Brighton – Komedia
9/20/2022 – London – Village Underground
9/24/2022 – Cornwall – Endelienta Arts Centre
9/28/2022 – Liverpool – District
9/29/2022 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
9/30/2022 – Gwynedd – Neuadd Ogwen
Order Tresor by Gwenno HERE