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Gwenno shares new single "Men An Toll"

07 April 2022, 13:13 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Gwenno has unveiled a second preview of her Tresor album in the form of new single "Men An Toll".

"Men An Toll" lands with a self-directed video, and follows her February lead single "An Stevel Nowydh".

""Men An Toll" (also known as Mên-an-Tol and meaning holed stone) is a wonderful Bronze Age formation of standing stones near Madron, Cornwall," Gwenno explains. "With its obvious feminine symbolism its holed stone was believed to aid fertility. I was inspired by Ithell Colquhoun’s The Living Stones as well as the eternal nature of these ancient monuments and how they enable us to reflect on our own nature as human beings and on our relationship to the landscape."

Gwenno continues, "I sing, in Cornish "It's completely obvious that I can't escape from this..." I'm trying to express the moment when you connect with your own instinct, and accept what you are. With "Men An Toll", I wanted to share a different and quieter side to the record, one that is grounded in the music that has had a big influence on both Rhys and I - ambient Celtic music, film scores, and experimental electronic music. I've created a playlist of artists and songs which I think embody some of these elements, and having listened to so much music which soothes the soul over the past couple of years, I hope that this collection of songs will serve as a small and helpful reminder of how powerful the sound of gentleness and beauty is."

Tresor will follow Gwenno's 2018 album Le Kov, and was written in St. Ives, Cornwall before the pandemic in 2020, and completed in Cardiff during the pandemic with her co-producer Rhys Edwards.

"Men An Toll" is out now. Gwenno's Tresor album will land via Heavenly Recordings on 1 July, and is available to pre-order now.
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