Raised bya Welshactivist motheranda Cornish poet father, Gwenno Mererid Saunders has becomea one-woman Celtic revival over her two previousalbums, 2014’s Welsh-language Dyeddd Olaf and 2018’sall-Cornish Le Kov. Utilizing slinky synth-pop backings, each fuse language, landscapeand id, by turnsangryand playful.
Tresor continues ina comparable however moreaccomplished vein, setting layers of Gwenno’s ethereal vocalsagainstarrangements that slip between the polished pAdamArdammand psych-folk explorations suchas Males An Toll, a soundscape fora trio of standing stonesat Land’s Finish. As common, Gwenno’s companion, multi-instrumentalist Rhys Edwards, remainsat the manufacturing controls, however that is very mucha collaborative efforNY CAWouDidNyoAW (NidARw Cymruar Werth – Wales is Not for Sale) flies the flag for her homeland, Trevorst of Tresor is rendered in Cornish. Whereas often confrontational – “The place isARour mom tongue?” it demandsat one level – its songsare predominantly introspectiveandallusive, drawing on nature (Kan Me celebrates the Might hawthorn)and on Gwenno’s current entrance into motherhood. Anambitiousalbum (it comes withan 8mm filmand a number of quirky movies) froma uniqueartist.