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Sunday, December 30, 2012

#3 in my favourite songs of 2012

#3 in my favourite songs of 2012 is "Ymbelydredd" by Gwenno. Click on the song title to see when I first wrote about the song.

This is very exciting because this is the first song sung in Welsh to be on any of my countdowns. Gwenno is most famous for being in The Pipettes. I was lucky enough to meet her in 2007 and again in 2011 when The Pipettes toured America and came to San Francisco. I was even luckier to interview Gwenno for Poptastic Confessions earlier this year.

Gwenno's EP by the same name came out in August. It quickly became my soundtrack to the end of summer. I reviewed the EP for the blog, too. Here in San Francisco that means lots of fog, which is perfect for Gwenno's dreamy music.

"Ymbelydredd" was the first single and a montage video surfaced in July of this year. I played the song for my husband Arturo and our friend Janice. Arturo is fan by osmosis! Ha! And he went with me to both Pipettes shows in San Francisco. Janice went to the last Pipettes show with us. They both loved the track. 

The word "Ymbelydredd" translates into "Radiation." But it's not all toxic gloom and doom. Instead, it is about how love radiates. Thankfully, Gwenno translated the lyrics from the EP to English on her blog.

I was really hoping there would be some promotion or videos for the songs "50C" and the amazing "Despenser St." Both are excellent songs and shouldn't be missed.

Thankfully, Gwenno did film a video for "Ymbelydred" and it was her walking around places in hazy dream. It's very artistic and lovely.

Gwenno's music is available on iTunes.

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