This is Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today’s video is ‘Anima’ the animated music video from Gwenno.
Welcome back to video of the week! Today we’re taking a look at the music video for ‘Anima’ by Gwenno, a track from her latest album Tresor.
The video is animated by Gwenno’s bandmate Tad Davies, who said of the video: “Influenced by the collage art of 60s animation (Yellow Submarine, Fantastic Planet) I envisioned iterations of Gwenno traversing the world of Anima and the unconscious, reconciling the known and unknown throughout the piece. I animated fluidly with little planning, fusing found footage with collage cut-outs and 2d animation sporadically, allowing the narrative to find its way to a natural crescendo and conclusion.”
Writing on Gwenno’s Tresor for Wales Arts Review, Gary Raymond says of the record: “Tresor is a folk record, dependent on those straight and true melodies that work to bring ancient gems to the surface. If you’d told me this record was released into obscurity in 1972 and was now awaiting reappraisal and cult status, I could have easily believed you. If it does feel a little uneven, it represents the peak and troughs of a journey – exactly how an album should be conceived, created, and delivered.”
“There are moments of languid reflection, moments of propulsion, moments of sumptuous instrumentation, synthesised surprises and percussive passages rendered to perfection. There are no bangers on Tresor, and the talent for hooks heard on Y Dydd Olaf (and to a lesser extent on Le Kov) is now all but side-lined for something more reflective and skeletal and meaningful.”
You can watch the animated video for Anima by Gwenno below.
Tresor by Gwenno is streaming in all the usual places.