Songs to the Siren

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27th October 2014 (Peski Records), 24th July 2015 (Heavenly re-release)🇬🇧 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Gwenno Saunders came to relatively wide public awareness as a member of The Pipettes, but has forged a successful solo career since. In 2018 she released an album in the Cornish language, but here I’m highlighting Amser - the Cornish-language track of her otherwise-mostly-Welsh 2014 LP Y Dydd Olaf.

Her father was a native Cornish language speaker, and her mother Welsh. In 2014 she released a solo record mostly in Welsh, but with this closing track in Cornish. The album is inspired by a 1970s Welsh science fiction novel by Owain Owain.

Her Y Dydd Olaf album is mostly electronic, though Gwenno performs the songs live in a number of formats, sometimes solo with synths and machines, sometimes with a full band and/or a string section.

I can’t tell you what this song is about, but apparently the title translates as “Time”.

In 2018, Gwenno released a full album of Cornish songs, Le Kov.