Gruff Rhys
American Intruder

Released: 5th May 2014
Label: Turnstile

‘American Interior’ is the latest album from Gruff Rhys. The album tells the story of John Evans, a man who left Snowdonia in 1792 at the age of 22 to travel to America to discover a Welsh speaking Native American tribe believed to be the descendants of Welsh Prince Madog. Don’t you just love Gruff for taking the story of John Evans and not only turn it into a great album, but also release a book, a film, an app and go on tour with a muppet style puppet of John Evans. The word legend just does not seem enough when it comes to describing Gruff Rhys.

As far as the album side of this multi-format release goes, it is a sure fire contender for album of the year. ‘American Interior’ ranks up there amongst the best work that Gruff has released, and that is saying something when you consider the back catalogue of the Super Furry Animals. From the opening title track with its hypnotic melody and infectious chorus to the album's beautiful instrumental closer ‘Tiger’s Tale’ this is an album that contains no faults.

If you need further highlights to evidence the brilliance of this album then I would draw your attention to ‘100 Unread Messages’ an upbeat song that will leave you grinning from ear to ear, the way Gruff sings is simply full of charm. ‘Liberty (Is Where We’ll Be)' has a mysterious sound to it, ensuring the listener is fixated on every gorgeously arranged sound. ‘Walk Into The Wilderness’ is a wonderful piano led ballad that is more than perfect and you wonder how it is possible to put so much drama into a song such as 'Iolo', well that is easy if your name is Gruff Rhys.

Once again Gruff Rhys has given the world a genuine masterpiece that makes you feel humbled by the incredible talent this man possesses.

Steve Tay

Cate Le Bon
Mug Museum

Released: 11th Nov 2013
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