The Fashionably Late Top 101 of 2018: Gwenno
This year I had an even harder time coming up with my list than I did for the 2017 version of the list, which is probably obvious given there's 101 records in this year's batch (and that's after whittling about 30 off that total). But I just couldn't leave any of these hundred and one records off my list.
As with my 2017 picks, I've gone in alpha order from A-Z and nothing has a number ranking. Partially, that's because I'm pretty indecisive and it also just feels wrong to do anything other than just share the love equally. 101 ways. As always, the list ended up surprising me. Some records I thought might end up on my list are absent, and happily there were quite a few previously unknown bands that ended up stealing my heart and getting themselves in on the list. I truly hope you'll be reminded of some music you enjoyed last year, and I also hope you'll perhaps find new favorites to swoon over from here on out. My sincere and endless thanks to each and every band/artist on the list, because thanks to them 2018 was a little less insane.
What: Le Kov
When: March 2018
Where: Heavenly Recordings
Why: On her last record, Gwenno Saunders went Welsh, and the result was mighty fine. On Le Kov, she explores the linguistic loveliness of Cornish, a now little-spoken language that's facing an uncertain future. Inspired by her interest in Cornish history as well as the unescapable turmoil of the present day, Le Kov charms with its nuanced and untamed noise, a wild, mercurial blend of far out vintage folk and wavy, witchy psych. With her now familiar sinuousness songs incorporating a sense of the drama and history of the coastal county, Gwenno's Cornish tales fill time and space with fantastical sounds.