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Gwenno Unveils New Single Men An Toll

Thursday, 07 April 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Claire Marie Bailey

Gwenno has released a new single.

Men An Toll is the latest cut to be lifted from the Welsh singer-songwriter's new album, 'Tresor', which is due to arrive on July 1. The one-and-a-half-minute cut is an atmospheric and engrossing experimental piece of music. She said:

“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. 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.

“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 and 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.”

Head here to spin the record's first single, An Stevel Nowydh (The New Room).

Gwenno has a number of festival appearances lined up for the coming months, including sets at Focus Wales, Sea Change festival, In It Together, Kite Festival and Manchester's Psych Festival.

Gwenno Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu May 05 2022 - WREXHAM Central Live Music Venue

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