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Le Kov


Le Kov

Second album from the Cardiff-born electropop musician and former member of The Pipettes

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Heavenly Recordings
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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Let this odd, beautiful, nocturnal record into your heart and it will endure for many, many repeated listens
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    The crisp, often motoric production of her debut is loosened, dropped down a gear. Drums flop in and out of defined patterns, strings soar to the sky on a whim, the mood is dreamy, flu-like, or isolated perhaps
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Whatever language it's in, Le Kov casts a lovely musical spell. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Here, Saunders marks out her own terrain, seeing how far she can go forward, and how far back. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Le Kov shows us how stories can be told in different tongues, yet still be steeped in a shared language
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Regardless of your ability to speak the language — statistically unlikely! — there are gorgeous, compelling songs to be found here
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  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Through Le Kov, Gwenno doesn't redefine her retro style. But with both a warmer palette and a wider lens, she does revel in the subtle graces of the Cornish tongue
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    The music, words, and voice come together on Le Kov like fragments of the past put back together and made into a satisfying new whole that works as a lovely tribute to Cornish culture
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  9. 8.0 |   NOW

    Many great pop artists build imaginary worlds with sets, costumes, music videos and artwork, but Gwenno achieves something similar using a richly detailed soundscapes that gradually draw you in deeper
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    What might have been a worthy exercise in the politics of cultural preservation has produced a dazzling album of strange Celtic magic
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    The music imagines a Cornish world in which old folkloric sayings are mixed with lines from a JG Ballard novel
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s the melodies that will keep people coming back: purposeful and direct, but deliciously blurry, reminiscent of Broadcast in their creation of a psychedelia that looks backwards and forwards simultaneously
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  13. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Gwenno journeys through both the individual and collective subconscious on her latest album Le Kov; entirely in Cornish it's tuneful and entrancing, remaining accessible
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  14. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Le Kov is not as cold as Y Dydd Olaf — it’s less machinic and more organic, less 80s and more 70s
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  15. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Stand-out numbers include the sumptuous orchestral lament "Hi A Skoellyas Liv A Dhagrow" and the gorgeous "Herdhya", a breathy spooktronica ballad with an anti-Brexit theme. Print edition only

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