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.

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Tracks of 2014 — #7 Carcharorion “Hiraeth”

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The way journalism covers the Welsh-language music scene you’d assume that those who make some pretty darn tootin’ sounds all the way over there have beamed in from Neptune. Whilst my occasional dippings into the radio show C2 and Ochr1 on S4C don’t always return dozens of new bands to follow, the variety of music is always an enjoyable surprise.

“Hiraeth” is a track that made its way into my ears almost immediately on hearing it through Welsh-language media (I think through the excellent Cam o’r Tywyllwch via SoundCloud). Trippy, dream-like and with a certain retro charm, “Hiraeth” perhaps works all the better because of the natural rhythm of the language, an element I may be highlighting with other songs later in the rundown SPOILERIFFIC

I must also give a quick plug to Peski Records, who have featured on my earlier rundown, and who should be a starting point for anybody unsure of where to start on their Welsh-language journey.