Gwenno Saunders, member of the throwback sixties girl group homage The Pipettes, will re-release her solo debut album ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ (‘The Last Day’) on July 24 via Heavenly Recordings. The record received a limited release last October on independent label Peski, but quickly sold out.
‘Y Dydd Olaf’, which is sung entirely in Welsh apart from one song penned in Cornish, draws inspiration from Owain Owain’s 1976 novel of the same name. The book is set in a dystopian future where robots enslave the human race through the use of medication, while Gwenno’s LP covers such themes as patriarchal society, government-funded media propaganda, cultural control, technology, isolation and the importance of minority languages.
The album features the single ‘Chwyldro’ (Welsh for revolution) and ‘Patriachaeth’, which the singer posted to Soundcloud earlier this week. Click below to listen.
Gwenno is perhaps best known for her work with The Pipettes. She joined the group in 2005, going on to provide lead vocals on the single ‘Pull Shapes’ and backing vocals on ‘Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me’. The group’s most recent album, ‘Earth vs. The Pipettes’, came out in 2010.
The ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ tracklisting is:
Sisial Y M
Dawns Y Blaned Dirion
Y Dydd Olaf
Fratolish Hiang Perpheshki