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premiere: Gwenno shares the dreamy psychedelic video for “Tir Ha Mor” from her new album Le Kov

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We’re honored to share the gorgeous first single from Gwenno‘s entrancing new album Le Kov, written and sung entirely in her ancient mother tongue of Cornish, and due March 2nd on Heavenly. According to a press release, Gwenno’s goal was to “create a document of a living language, explore her identity and the endless creative possibilities of a tongue that has a very small surviving artistic output, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries,” and the shimmering, swirling psych-pop odyssey “Tir Ha Mor” is a lovingly reverent and almost mystical tribute to Peter Lanyon, the St. Ives school painter “who learned to fly a glider plane in order to ‘get a more complete knowledge of the landscape’ where he lived, and died after crashing his aircraft in August 1964.” Gwenno tells us about the inspiration behind the song and shooting its dreamlike kaleidoscopic video:

“We drove to St. Ives and marvelled at the crashing waves, went up the coast, past Zennor and arrived at Levant Mine to pause for thought and remember those who had given and lost so much to the land. All we could do was appreciate the rugged landscape, as so many had done before us. We drove back to Cardiff and I mulled over the merits of dancing to your own song, and concluded that it’s alright to do so sometimes. Cornish Abstract Landscape artist, Peter Lanyon, Marghek an Gwyns (Rider of the Wind, his Cornish Gorsedd bardic name) glided over the land to get a better feel of Cornwall, Tir Ha Mor (Land and Sea) is inspired by his methods and muse. I filmed what was in front of me, which is nowhere near the same level of commitment, but it is my interpretation of what I saw and felt and that, I hope, is worth something.”

Pre-order Le Kov on limited blue vinyl + watch the album trailer (which features a preview of the album’s incredible opening track) here.

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