Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Music Tuesday - Candylion

Gruff Rhys - Candylion
Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru

Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys has his second solo LP on shelves in the US today. It is a fantastic album - I've been listening to it for a couple of months now. I am consistently amazed at Gruff's musical talents. Here he sings in English, Welsh and Spanish. The music is as experimental and quirky as ever, yet it manages to be pop-tastic at the same time. There are boatloads of memorable melodies, and lots of nice production touches. The two songs on offer today really show Gruff's oddball sense at work. Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru is simple repetition of the title (the word for drive in Welsh) over a divine, acoustically strummed bit of grooviness. Skylon! is a nearly 15 minute narrative epic. Our hero is a professional bomb disposal expert. He tells the story of how an actress whose work he hates steals his window seat on a plane flight. This sets in motion a plot that includes terrorism, multi-media satire and cheesy Hollywood romance - see the "happy ending". It's insane, yet captivating. Fabulous.

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