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.