Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Cemented with inventive experiments embellishing cultural legacies and examining transient family, “American,” is a tour de force discourse disguised in harmonic feasts, shifting in chromatic ballads while doused with fabulous patter and retro-fitted traditions. A book, a film, an album and a personal journey, the Super Furry Animals songsmith-auteur retraced the steps of a wayward Welsh ancestor who sought a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans linked to a twelfth-century prince. Wound around folk-tale documentaries and childhood mythology, the free-thinking space-pop converts first-person learning into endearing cosmic swan-songs, hard-wired campfire sing-alongs and lounge-friendly ghost-stories. A pioneer lyricist steering syncopated soft-rock concoctions around jaunty psychedelic relics, Rhys compiles a sentimental compendium of solid-state hybrids whose charming pedigreed whimsy yield music-hall free-for-alls stretched into marvelously unexpected dimensions.