Photo: Claire Marie Bailey

Gwenno converts crisis into joy on “An Stevel Nowydh”, announces new album

Welsh multi-talent Gwenno has announced her third album: it’s called Tresor (meaning “treasure”) and will come out on July 1 through Heavenly. The album is said to explore the impact of motherhood on the psyche, and we get a glimpse of that in lead single “An Stevel Nowydh”. On the song, Gwenno reveals:

“An Stevel Nowydh (The New Room) is a song about finding yourself somewhere entirely new and realising that you’re completely lost, and acknowledging that the only thing to do in an existential crisis is to don your favourite hat and dance!”

Although “An Stevel Nowydh” possesses some fearful elements, from the timbre of Gwenno’s voice to the whispers that haunt it, the song is a testament to finding positivity in dark times. It glides on a buoyant rhythm and is illuminated by a psychedelic chiming melody that floats right through the darkness with perky positivity. As “An Stevel Nowydh” reaches its final minute, Gwenno doubles down on her intrepid exploration of the psyche with some added emphasis on the groove, putting concerns in the rearview and charges towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

On the video for “An Stevel Nowydh”, Gwenno says:

“The short is part of a longer film that I’ve created with Anglesey-born filmmaker Clare Marie Bailey due to be revealed this summer. It was shot on Super 8 in Bryn Celli Ddu, Mynydd Parys, and Porth Ia (St Ives) during Summer 2021, it was edited by Joan Pope and stars the incomparable Eddie Ladd as ‘Greddf’ (Instinct).”

Watch the clip below or find the song on streaming platforms.

Gwenno’s new album Tresor comes out on July 1 through Heavenly (pre-order/save). You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

She’s got these dates announced:

01 April – Cardiff – 6Music Festival
30 April – Edinburgh – Stag & Dagger
01 May – Glasgow – Stag & Dagger
05 May – Wrexham – Focus Wales
28 May – Totnes – Sea Change Festival
03 June – Port Talbot – In It Together
12 June – Kidlington – Kite Festival
03 September – Manchester – Psych Festival