Written entirely in Cornish, Le Kov is exploration of the subconscious, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language. As one of the language’s few fluent speakers, Gwenno felt a duty 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. She dove deep into research, learning about attempts to protect and progress the language and the role of women throughout Cornish history.
Evoking the music of her childhood – Brenda Wootton, Alan Stivell, BUCCA – along with Broadcast, The United States of America, White Noise and Serge Gainsbourg, Le Kov is shimmering and tarnished, rust mingled with barnacles, moss entwined with weathered rope.
LP - Light Blue Coloured Vinyl with Download.
CD - Digipack.
VIDEO PREMIERE: Le Kov, a landscape...
Rough Trade are delighted to premiere this very special short film from Gwenno, exploring her album 'Le Kov' out now on Heavenly Recordings and a former Rough Trade Albums of the Month for March 2018.
"Here's a contemporary visual document exploring what truth and myth is, what Le Kov is about - where we're at, and how we got here. A collaboration between Steve Glashier and I, exploring landscape and a sense of place. A postcard of the now that may one day be forgotten, so let's enjoy the moment before it disappears." Gwenno
Film: Steve Glashier
Words: Gwenno Saunders