Le Kov

Gwenno - Le Kov
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #131 / 735
User Score
Based on 75 ratings
2018 Ratings: #383
March 2, 2018 / Release Date
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Heavenly / Label
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God Is in the TV
Let this odd, beautiful, nocturnal record into your heart and it will endure for many, many repeated listens.
Northern Transmissions

As she breathes new life into Cornish through her entrancing music, and lyrics based around Cornish legends, Gwenno is truly a rarity. Le Kov is so mesmerizing yet unfamiliar in fact that it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest it will appreciate over time with just about anyone.

The Skinny

Le Kov is a cinematic and atmospheric collection, crisply produced while also maintaining a sense of mystery. Its cosmic blend of psychedelia and strong synth-pop sensibilities once again bring the listener firmly into Gwenno’s psychological territory.

Regardless of your ability to speak the language — statistically unlikely! — there are gorgeous, compelling songs to be found here.
Under The Radar

Through Le Kov, Gwenno doesn't redefine her retro style. But with both a warmer palette and a wider lens, she does revel in the subtle graces of the Cornish tongue—and with plenty of care and imagination, the accomplished linguist has blessed the old language with a proper new abode in the 21st century.


That Le Kov is so loaded with meaning and significance adds to its appeal, but ultimately it’s the emotion and sound of the songs that make it such a wonderful and unusual record.

The Guardian
It’s the melodies that will keep people coming back: purposeful and direct, but deliciously blurry, reminiscent of Broadcast in their creation of a psychedelia that looks backwards and forwards simultaneously.
Loud and Quiet

Gwenno effortlessly glides between styles on ‘Le Kov’ – the seamless transitions between forlorn piano and frosted beats (Aphex Twin was an inspiration) to pristine drums and discordant brass evoke a Cornwall that’s as easily accessible as it is steeped in tradition and folklore.


The music, words, and voice come together on Le Kov like fragments of the past put back together and made into a satisfying new whole that works as a lovely tribute to Cornish culture, while also solidifying Gwenno's place as an important artist.

NOW Magazine
Many great pop artists build imaginary worlds with sets, costumes, music videos and artwork, but Gwenno achieves something similar using richly detailed soundscapes that gradually draw you in deeper.

As with Y Dydd Olaf, there will probably be limited interest in Le Kov – as laudable as an entire album sung in Cornish is, there’s sadly not much of an audience for it. Yet Gwenno is doing important work here, and for those willing to open their minds and step into the mythical land of Le Kov will find that they may not want to leave.

A treat, no matter where you’re from.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Le Kov ... is A. S. Byatt’s Possession in album form — a postmodern rumination on authenticity, desire, and landscape intertwined with the myths and reality of Brittany.

Spectrum Culture

With Le Kov, Gwenno is making undeniably addictive music for folks who love to chill, but it’s threaded with ornate sociocultural minutiae and is lovingly orchestrated to be received as something grander than itself. It’s fascinating to hear pop music have its cake and eat it, too—to be at once passively consumable and utterly aching to be pored over.

Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow 97
Tir Ha Mor 95
Herdhya 99
Eus Keus? 98
Jynn-amontya 100
Den Heb Taves 95
Daromres y'n Howl 94
Aremorika 98
Hunros 96
Koweth Ker 98

Top 5:

5. Eus Keus?
4. Aremorika
3. Koweth Ker
2. Herdhya
1. Jynn-amontya
Look at the sheer talent of Gwenno. Wooing the music industry with her scintillating vocals, Le Kov takes me back to the foreign-language albums of the nineties and noughties
I have no idea what she's singing but I adore this record. It's entrancing.

Best tracks: Tir Ha Mor, Jynn-amontya, Koweth Ker
I love the mysteriousness of this album. The tracks are a bit wooly, but If you are in the right mood they sound better and better each time you play them. Fav tracks: Eus Keus? and Tir Ha Mor
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Track List

  1. Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow
  2. Tir Ha Mor
  3. Herdhya
  4. Eus Keus?
  5. Jynn-Amontya
  6. Den Heb Taves
  7. Daromres y'n Howl
  8. Aremorika
  9. Hunros
  10. Koweth Ker
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