It feels as if cultural preservation has been central to Welsh music for probably as long as Welsh speakers realised their language is in danger of disappearing. Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys has said in the past that the band’s early albums were a way of keeping the Welsh language alive.
Welsh pop singer Duffy may have used her five minutes of fame to feature in an advert for her favourite soft drink – rather than talk up how the possibility of projects with Welsh culture at their heart. But never fear, because Gwenno Saunders is aiming to correct that, starting with her first full-length, Y Dydd Olaf. Originally released in 2014 by Welsh indie label, Peski Records, the album has been re-released by Heavenly Recordings this July. Between chirpy fretwork, malleable electronic tones and Saunders own sensitively sung Welsh lyrics, ‘Chwyldro’ conjures the atmosphere of backwater suburb on a sweltering hot day. As Tom Jones might say: “Gwaith da [good job], Gwenno”.
Chwyldro is featured on Y Dydd Olaf, out now on Heavenly Recordings.
Image: Peski Records