July 4, 2022

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Gruff Rhys – ‘Seeking New Gods’ critique: SFA frontman returns to his pop roots on album range 7

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It’s astounding to believe that, if we ever achieve 2023, it will be 30 a long time considering the fact that the Tremendous Furry Animals very first fashioned in Cardiff. During that time, eccentric frontman Gruff Rhys has constantly crafted a overall body of do the job equally brilliant and bonkers, be it with the Super Furries, his electro facet outfit Neon Neon or by way of his extraordinary solo job, which now finds him on album quantity seven.

Loosely dependent on the heritage and mythology surrounding an East Asian volcano recognized as Mount Paektu, ‘Seeking New Gods’ finds Gruff delving back into his pop roots – and none far more so than on the piano-plinking modern solitary ‘Loan Your Loneliness’. Backed by cosmic synths and ex-Flaming Lips percussionist Kliph Scurlock’s stomping drumbeat, this jaunty monitor is easily the closest matter to the Super Furries that the frontman has produced in a long time the tune sits properly alongside the likes of early 2000s classics ‘Golden Retriever’ and ‘Rings All over The World’.

Then there’s the hilariously titled ‘Hiking In Lightning’, a driving pop amount you could effortlessly visualize soundtracking a cartoon video clip with the fuzzy haired frontman at the fore, comically side-stepping lightning bolts like Inspector Gadget.

‘Mausoleum Of My Former Self’, meanwhile, is a grandiose opener awash with gentle piano keys and squawking trumpets as Gruff murmurs: “A crater for the good or the very good, cigarette smoking absent as it shoooould”. Calming solitary ‘Can’t Carry On’ would appear heartbreaking from its gloomy lyrical content material by itself, as the frontman cries: “Can not have on can you carry carry have on? Cannot carry on – can you have the load?”. Fortunately, Lisa Jên and Mirain Haf Roberts of choice folk team 9Bach deliver angelic harmonies that carry an air of calmness and a perception of hope. All the things, you feeling, will be alright in the finish.

Elsewhere, closing ballad ‘Distant Snowy Peaks’ paints a glacial terrain equivalent to that depicted in the online video for ‘Can’t Carry On’, only this time Gruff is no more time clinging on to snow flaked mountains rather, they are slipping further more and additional from his grasp in the distant skyline.

In ‘Seeking New Gods’, Gruff Rhys has nonetheless all over again crafted an additional pop gem of an album. And although we hopelessly yearn for yet another Super Furries file in the not-also-distant upcoming (it is been 12 several years because the breathtaking ‘Dark Times/Gentle Years’), their eccentric frontman continues to thrash out an extraordinary legacy of his have.


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