Saturday, 17 May 2014

REWIND: Super Furry Animals - 'Northern Lites'

After being dazzled by their 'Radiator' album in 1997 and wowed by the astonishing 'Ice Hockey Hair' the following year, the third Super Furry Animals LP 'Guerilla' was something that I was looking forward to back in 1999. It didn't disappoint, and proved to be a wildly eccentric cauldron of inventive pop diversity that provided the late 90s with one of its best and most underrated albums. This spectacular brass and steel drum fest was released as the LP's first single back on May 10 1999, reaching number 11 in the charts. Which makes it exactly 15 years and 7 days old. Like the rest of 'Guerilla', it was recorded at Real World near Bath, the studios owned by Peter Gabriel that are only a short drive away from where I live. The band allowed "the music to dictate itself" during recording sessions, choosing to add steel drums on the spur of the moment after seeing the instruments "lying around" Real World during recording. Perfect for a hot sunny day like this, I think. Let summer begin...

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