[ Rough Trade Records / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 10 April 2007
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Super Furry Animals front-man Gruff Rhys finally releases his second solo album. Candylion' is a mesmerising musical journey with one of Wales' most talented singer / songwriters.
Super Furry Animals front-man Gruff Rhys finally releases his second solo album. Following his 2005 debut album 'Yr Atal Genhedlaeth', 'Candylion' is a mesmerising musical journey with one of Wales' most talented singer / songwriters.
"I listened to this one at first because I was taken by the cover and hoped and wished that the music would match it. It did…. and then some! A real Welshman from Wales and member of Super Furry Animals, this second solo album from Mr. Rhys invites you into a world of interesting beats, acoustic guitars, glockenspiel, bells, whistles and a plethora of ideas that just sound endless. The lure of throwing a red herring into the arrangements is rarely resisted, making it such an adventure to listen to. Watch out for the drum loop on "Lonesome words”. Damn.'
'Candylion' took form in the spring of 2006 over a fragmented 2 week period at Gorwel Owen's Ofn studio in Llanfaelog, Wales. "My ears were happily ringing from a few months touring with the Super Furry Animals and I had a batch of mellower acoustic songs I wanted to record quickly and get out of the way before the next speakerblowing SFA record. Once in the studio however I got carried away and found myself in a nostalgic mood, pining for some of the music I grew up listening to” explains Rhys.
'Candylion' features guest vocalist Lisa Jen from Welsh medievalists 9 Bach.
"A lovable affair”
- NME Album of the Week
"A more layered, fully-realised album...12 tracks of fantastical, strings-assisted acoustic pop and exotica-tinged psychedelia that smuggle in curious parables and flashes of apocalypse amid its nursery rhyme sing-songs...Good attitude. Great album.”
1. This Is Just The Beginning
3. The Court Of King Arthur
4. Lonsome Words
5. Cycle Of Violence
6. Painting People Blue
7. Beacon In The Darkness
8. Con Cariño
9. Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru
10. Now That The Feeling Has Gone
11. Ffrwydriad Yn Y Ffurfafen