Boomkat Product Review:
Delivering on the promise of the title-track single that came out at the end of last year, Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys has released a corking new solo long-payer, that manages to feel simultaneously retro and experimental in its approach to pop music. By the time we get to ‘The Court Of King Arthur’ it’s clear that his experience helping to compile the Welsh Rare Beat compilation for Finders Keepers has had no small effect on his approach to producing this album. It’s reedy lead guitars and melodic eccentricities have ‘70s psychedelia written all over them. This is no tongue-in cheek nostalgia fest though, the quality of writing is right up there and doesn’t dip from start to finish. Sean O’Hagan of the High Llamas is on hand to deliver some luscious strings, particularly on the beautifully cinematic ‘Lonesome Words’: its epic old-school songcraft is somewhere between Nick Drake and early Scott Walker. Elsewhere, ‘Beacon In The Darkness’ provides a beautiful take on Neil Young-styled lapsteel country rock, and of course, that title track is just exquisite. Ace.