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Seeking New Gods

    Gruff Rhys is releasing his new album “Seeking New Gods” through Rough Trade Records on 21st May. This will be Gruff’s seventh solo album. “Seeking New Gods” was recorded following a US tour with his band and mixed in LA with superstar producer Mario C (Beastie Boys).

    The album concept was originally driven to be the biography of a mountain, Mount Paektu (an East Asian active volcano). However, as Gruff’s writing began to reflect on the inhuman timescale of a peak’s existence and the intimate features that bring it to mythological life, both the songs and the mountain became more and more personal.

    “The album is about people and the civilisations, and the spaces people inhabit over periods of time. How people come and go but the geology sticks around and changes more slowly. I think it’s about memory and time,” he suggests of Seeking New Gods’ meaning. “It’s still a biography of a mountain, but now it’s a Mount Paektu of the mind. You won’t learn much about the real mountain from listening to this record but you will feel something, hopefully.” - Gruff Rhys.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Gruff returns for yet another faultless slab of widescreen cinematic pop, full of his warmingly familiar but endlessly inventive chord progressions and swoon-inducing vocal drawl. Optimistic but filled with more introspective moments among the otherwise bombastic stomp. It's as dizzying and perfect as anything he's ever done. Peak Gruff.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. Mausoleum Of My Former Self
    2. Can’t Carry On
    3. Loan Your Loneliness
    4. Seeking New Gods
    5. Hiking In Lightning
    Side B
    1. Holiest Of The Holy Of The Holy Men
    2. The Keep
    3. Everlasting Joy
    4. Distant Snowy Peaks

    Dinked Edition Flexi Disc
    Tropical Messiah

    Gruff Rhys

    Pang!

      The new album from Gruff Rhys, ‘Pang!’ is a Welsh Language pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. ‘Pang!’ developed unexpectedly over about 18 months. A solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Mmusi, and will be released by Rough Trade Records.

      Recorded in Cardiff, Wales. It was mixed by the producer Muzi in Johannesburg, South Africa. Drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn and flute and percussion by the engineer Kris Jenkins. Beats, bass & ah’s by Muzi with Gruff on vocals and guitar.

      Gruff explains “Pang! Is a Welsh language song with an English title. It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a ‘list’ song, listing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design etc. Using the English word pang in a Welsh language track may appear weird but I suppose it’s like using the French word ‘Magazine’ in an English song. In that it’s slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: There is no more distinctive a voice in modern indie than Gruff, with his impeccable grasp of melody and seamless integration of welsh vocals, dynamic percussion and classic songwriting. Another absolute classic, and an absolutely lovely chap to boot. Perfect.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Pang!
      2. Bae Bae Bae
      3. Digidigol
      4. Ara Deg
      5. Eli Haul
      6. Niwl O Anwiredd
      7. Taranau Mai
      8. Oi Bys Nodau Clust
      9. Annedd Im Danedd

      Babelsberg is the fifth album by Gruff Rhys, his first record for Rough Trade since 2007’s classic Candylion. The album features orchestral scores by Swansea based composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The result is Gruff’s best record to date - a ten song gazetteer of modern times, each track set to timeless, indelible melody. Amazingly, for a collection of songs written over two years ago, each one seems to pull very sharp focus on the times we’re living in.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: The legendary Gruff Rhys kills it once again for his newest outing, Babelsberg. Orchestral, nuanced and oozing with Gruff's singular vocal drawl, encompassing all aspects of his previous works and pulling together into a cohesive and essential whole.

      TRACK LISTING

      Frontier Man
      The Club
      Oh Dear!
      Limited Edition Heart
      Take That Call
      Drones In The City
      Negative Vibes
      Same Old Song
      Architecture Of Amnesia
      Selfies In The Sunset

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      Set Fire To The Stars

        Gruff Rhys presents the soundtrack to the film Set Fire To The Stars. The album is released on Finders Keepers on September 30th 2016.

        Although recorded around the same time as Gruff’s last LP (2014’s hugely acclaimed American Interior), Set Fire To The Stars paints a very different picture to that of the Welsh explorer John Evans. Equal parts cocktail jazz, hazy Americana and Atomic Age bop, it’s a love letter to New York in all its hopeful, post war glory – a gorgeous diversion of a record to add to Gruff’s increasingly brilliant solo catalogue.

        Gruff on Set Fire To The Stars:

        “This is an album of music written for a film directed by Andy Goddard concerning the poet Dylan Thomas’s first week in the USA in 1950 and his uneven friendship with fellow poet - and agent of sorts - John Malcolm Brinnin. As the film is shot in black and white and set in the Jazz age, I decided not to use any instruments unavailable in that era. I also keep the recordings as live takes. Beyond that - I didn’t try and ape the style of that era in particular apart from the song Atom Bomb which on screen, plays on a jukebox in a cafe and needed to be true to the year sonically and lyrically in some way.
        “Playing the guitar, I formed a short lived Agro-Jazz quartet (you got a problem with that?) called Video Loss with Chris Walmsley on drums, Jim Barr on double bass and Osian Gwynedd on piano. I wrote a bunch of songs and instrumentals. Some other bits were improvised to picture by Osian Gwynedd and myself. Chop Shop features Video Loss on max Moon-Ra improvisational setting. Gruff ab Arwel arranged all the strings and Gavin Fitzjohn played and scored the brass. It was recorded and mixed at Toybox, Bristol by the incredible Ali Chant - apart from the strings which were recorded at Metropolis, London.”

        Gruff Rhys is currently recording his next proper solo album – it is due for release in 2017

        TRACK LISTING

        1 John Malcolm Brinnin
        2 Set Fire To The Stars
        3 After Hours/Panic
        4 Tremble (Down)
        5 Tremble To The Light
        6 Tremble (Up)
        7 After Hours/Tension
        8 Log Cabin 1
        9 Log Cabin 2
        10 Log Cabin 3
        11 John Adoring At Yale
        12 Set Fire To The Strings
        13 After Hours/Tender
        14 John & The Poem
        15 B Chop Shop
        16 Atom Bomb
        17 After Hours/Contentment
        18 Ticking Clock
        19 Military Madness
        20 Caitlin’s Theme
        21 Tremble (Joy)
        22 Dylan’s Demons
        23 It Was Hot That Summer

        Gruff Rhys

        Candylion

          "Candylion" was the second solo album from Gruff Rhys. Now released on vinyl for the first time in the UK, it's a mesmerising musical journey. It seems fitting therefore that insight into the workings behind the album come straight from the man himself:

          '"Candylion" took form in the spring of 2006 over a fragmented two week period at Gorwel Owen's Ofn studio in Llanfaelog, Wales. My ears were happily ringing from a few months touring with the Super Furry Animals and I had a batch of mellower acoustic songs I wanted to record quickly and get out of the way before the next speaker-blowing SFA record. Once in the studio however I got carried away and found myself in a nostalgic mood, pining for some of the music I grew up listening to.'

          TRACK LISTING

          A.1 - This Is Just The Beginning
          A.2 - Candylion
          A.3 - The Court Of King Arthur
          A.4 - Lonsome Words
          A.5 - Cycle Of Violence
          A.6 - Painting People Blue
          B.1. - Beacon Of Darkness
          B.2 - Con Carino
          B.3 - Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru
          B.4 - Now That The Feeling Has Gone
          B.5 - Ffwydriad Yn Y Ffurfafen
          C.1 Skylon!
          D - Etched..

          Gruff Rhys

          Candylion

            "Candylion" is the new solo album from Gruff Rhys. It follows the single of the same name and is a mesmerising musical journey with one of our most talented singers and songwriters. It seems fitting therefore that insight into the workings behind the album come straight from the man himself. '"Candylion" took form in the spring of 2006 over a fragmented two week period at Gorwel Owen's Ofn studio in Llanfaelog, Wales. My ears were happily ringing from a few months touring with the Super Furry Animals and I had a batch of mellower acoustic songs I wanted to record quickly and get out of the way before the next speaker-blowing SFA record. Once in the studio however I got carried away and found myself in a nostalgic mood, pining for some of the music I grew up listening to.'


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