Ani Glass is the persona of Cardiff-based electronic pop musician, producer, artist and photographer, Ani Saunders. Stream the lead track 'Geiriau' below. Its ethereal reverb-soaked melodrama concerns Ani’s experience of leaving home, moving away/escaping to make a new life and returning years later. Fiercely proud of her heritage, Glass sings in her native languages Welsh and Cornish, in 2015 released her first solo material with lead single ‘Ffôl’ (Foolish) being chosen as single of the week on BBC Radio Cymru and gaining plays on BBC 6 music.
Ani is also known for her work with The Pipettes, joining in 2008 to record the Martin Rushent-produced Earth Vs. The Pipettes album. Prior to her stint with the polka-dotted pop band, Glass was in Genie Queen, managed by OMD’s Andy McCluskey. She also fronted The Lovely Wars, who recently posthumously released two singles 'Gwrthod Anghofio' (We Won't Forget) and 'Cymer Di' (Take) in celebration of Welsh Language Music Day.
"Ffrwydrad Tawel - Through the echoes of lost industries, communities and language there is hope. Always hope." Ffrwydrad Tawel is named after one of Wales’ leading contemporary artists Ivor Davies' major exhibition Silent Explosion/Ffrwydrad Tawel held at National Museum Cardiff in 2016. Ani Glass was inspired by his use and mix of the Welsh language, bleak colours and destruction to reflect society in Wales and was later invited to perform with him at the museum as part of this exhibition.
The Ffrwydrad Tawel EP’s six electrifying, infectious, socially conscious electronic pop songs are a document of Ani Glass’s artistic evolution invested with grander themes. “It's about reconnecting with my language, history and culture after returning home having been away for years,” explains Ani “the songs are a snapshot of this journey of self discovery.” Recorded in Cardiff and produced by W H Dyfodol (Haydon Hughes) throughout 2016 and the early part of 2017, the songs demonstrate “the fight within yourself to address larger, more pressing themes in society whilst battling the reality of everyday life.”
The EP comes with a booklet of Welsh/English lyrics and artwork designed and created by Ani. The Ffrwydrad Tawel EP will be launched on the 22nd of April at Cardiff’s legendary Clwb Ifor Bach venue.
Listen to'Geiriau' here
11.04 The Social – London
22.04 Clwb Ifor Bach – Caerdydd (EP launch)
28.04 Clwb y Bont – Pontypridd
07.05 Acapela – Pentyrch
23.05 Full Moon – Cardiff
26.05 Llambed Arts – Lampeter
31.05 Eisteddfod yr Urdd - Bridgend