Monday, 12 May 2014

Track Of The Day: Gruff Rhys - 'Year Of The Dog/Tiger's Tale'

It's been a busy few weeks for album releases, and today (May 12) brings new offerings from Horse Party, Cherry Ghost, Swans, the Black Keys and Dan Lyth And The Euphrates. Last week was just as musically packed, with Gruff Rhys's new 'American Interior' being just one of the records hitting the shelves. It's the fourth solo album from the Super Furry Animals man, a concept album that tells the tale of John Evans, a distant relative of Gruff's who set out across america to find a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe in 1792. Following the album will be a feature-length film, a book, and an app which all complete this ambitious multimedia project. While the album received an ecstatic 10/10 review on God Is In The TV last week, I'm personally awarding it a tidy 8 out of 10 on the strength of it being Gruff's most consistent solo effort yet. The climactic highlight of the LP comes in the form of the beautiful 'Year Of The Dog', which then segues wonderfully into the closer 'Tiger's Tale'. 

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