Gruff Rhys: 2018

Gruff Rhys in Studio A (photo by Olivia Brewer/WFUV)
by Kara Manning | 11/18/2018 | 12:01am

Gruff Rhys in Studio A (photo by Olivia Brewer/WFUV)

Gruff Rhys might be best known for his long tenure as the frontman of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals, but his five solo albums intimately reveal a humorist, a storyteller, a philosopher, a poet, and an explorer.

His most recent release, Babelsberg, takes an insightful look at the United States and post-Brexit Britain in a poignant and sometimes critical way. It also matches Rhys with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and there’s a rich vein of classic pop that tumbles through this wondrous album.

Although taciturn in conversation — Rhys's long, thoughtful pauses gently force interviewers to slow down and listen to what he has to say — he has released one of the most expressive and outspoken albums of 2018.

[Recorded: 10/9/18; Engineer: Jim O'Hara; Producer: Sarah Wardrop]

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