The metamorphosis of Gwenno Saunders from frontwoman of the polka-dotted Pipettes into mononymous upstart is as welcome as it is baffling. Where her former outfit took their cues from the cutesy Phil Spector girl-groups of the 1960s, Saunders, the solo artist, exists along a continuum of retro-futuristic electro-pop and sings feminist-hued songs about robot totalitarianism virtually entirely in Welsh.

First released by the 34-year-old Cardiff native on tiny local label Penski last year, ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ (‘The Last Day’) partially lifts its narrative from an obscure ’70s sci-fi novel by Welsh writer Owain Owain and wrestles with everything from government propaganda and patriarchy to technological disempowerment and – of course – the threat to minority languages.

If the themes – and language – are subversively impenetrable, the tunes throughout are unambiguously gorgeous. Saunders sounds like a more mellifluous Trish Keenan on the Broadcast-cum-Stereolab stomp of ‘Patriarchaeth’ and the dreamy title track, while the decaying, blissed-out coda to ‘Sisial Y Môr’ disguises some ominous portents. Dystopia has never sounded so alluring.