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Le Kov

Gwenno

Le Kov

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

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Heavenly Recordings
UK Release date
02/03/2018
US Release date
02/03/2018
  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 |   music OMH

    Gwenno is doing important work here, and for those willing to open their minds and step into the mythical land of Le Kov will find that they may not want to leave
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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

  17. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Le Kov is populated by breezy, psychedelic pop music
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