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 we’re featuring ‘Llawn’, a new music video from experimental artist Gillie.
This week’s Video of the Week is ‘Llawn’, the latest single from experimental Carmarthenshire artist, Gillie. The single follows on from the release of her first single in October last year, ‘I ti’, with the Libertino label. Building on that release, it’s already been a busy year for Gillie, with one of her singles being played on Radio 1 and then appearing on the ‘NME New Bangers’ playlist.
Gillie herself writes and produces her own music and says she has tried to “sonically explore something that felt both rhythmically uncertain, and free, with builds and small releases of tension throughout.” The thematic focus of ‘Llawn’ is the control that ‘external’ things or people have over others, and the possible liberation and tenacity found within that uncertainty by exploring the self. For Gillie food is a metaphor through which to convey this idea of someone
feeding something or some sort of narrative directly to someone else. There is a cinematic feel to the video, with the influence of others, such as Wes Anderson, evident throughout.
Although it all deals with intense mental themes and aspects, the freshness of both the song and the video lies in the fact that emphasis is placed on the significance of a sense of release and of freedom – with the music and its rhythms intertwined throughout both the song and the video. Sit back and let the rhythms of this unusual song set you free.
‘Llawn’ is available to stream now, or via Libertino Records.