Tracks of 2015: #4 ‘Patriarchaeth’ (Gwenno)

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Pobol y dystopia.

Just when I thought this year couldn’t get more like the inside of Tumblr, I heard today that an obscure group of numpties have been handing out so-called “fat shaming” cards on the Underground. It just gets harder to argue against the motion that all men are creeps, doesn’t it?

Society may be on its way to repairing the gap of opportunities and respect between men and women but ‘on its way’ is measured in ‘perhaps’ rather than ‘for certain’. And that stinks. Former Pipette Gwenno knows it stinks, and with “Patriarchaeth” she has her say on the matter. Within the swirling electro and pop-sensibility is the ‘soul’ of those who don’t yet realise that their time is up.

Political and relevant, yes, although don’t misunderstand either this track or the album from which it comes as heavy or introspective. In very real terms “Y Dydd Olaf” is a concept album with emphasis on ‘concept’. Heritage (personal and linguistic), identity (personal and global) and the human condition approached from all angles all come together with celebratory synths and jagged melodies. There is seriousness here, only not thickly layered.

Tracks of 2015 (Index)

Yes, it’s back.

*blows cobwebs off blog, has asthma attack*

Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.

One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).

This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.

  1. Grimes, “REALiTI”
  2. Richard Lomax, “Hôtel X”
  3. Sia, “Alive”
    4. Gwenno, “Patriarchaeth”
    5. Holly Herndon, “Interference”
    6. Florence and The Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
    7. Teleman, “Strange Combinations”
    8. George Fitzgerald ft Boxed In, “Full Circle”

9. Taylor Swift, “Style”
10. Then Thickens, “My Amsterdam”
11. Death Cab For Cutie, “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”
12. Nick Jonas, “Jealous

13. Björk, “Stonemilker”
14. Loïc Nottet, “Rhythm Inside”

15. Polypores, “The Sleep Department Advise You NOT to Leave the House”
16. Everything Everything, “Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread”
17. Girl Friend, “Poison”
18. Slug, “Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped in Plastic”
19. New Order, “Plastic”
20. The Slow Readers Club, “I Saw a Ghost”

21. Giorgio Moroder ft Britney Spears, “Tom’s Diner”
22. John Grant ft Tracy Grant, “Disappointing”
23. Twin Hidden, “A Berry Bursts”

24. Daphne and Celeste, “You & I Alone”