Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A Tune For Tuesday: Gruff Rhys - Sensations In The Dark

A finely balanced tightrope walk along the line of smiley happy pop and indie rock this week, courtesy of the charismatic lead singer of Welsh niche legends Super Furry Animals.

Gruff Rhys is a man with a flair for both a catchy tune and entertaining the audience, so the video that accompanies new song Sensations In The Dark is an haphazard collection of live performance, night club deviance, and a sombrero topped horn section clad in full scuba gear...of course. 

The tune itself features all the oddball charm of its creator, understated in many places but with an endearingly cheesy piano in the background and the aforementioned brass flourishes adding a little extra colour. 

It all adds up to just over three minutes of lovable indie-pop goodness that bodes well for the singer's new album, Hotel Shampoo, due out in the US on May 3rd. 

Embarking on a mammoth tour of North America during May and June, there should be a chance for most of us to catch the renowned live persona in our own back yard. I did so with his 'day job' last time the Super Furries hit NYC and was thoroughly converted. Well recommended as they are, those tour dates in full...


Wed 18 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
Thu 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri 20 Washington, DC @Red Palace
Sat 21 Carrboro, NC @Local 506
Sun 22 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tue 24 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Wed 25 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Fri 27 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Sat 28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Tue 31 San Diego, CA @ Casbah


Wed 01 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu 02 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop/ Popscene
Fri 03 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat 04 Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore
Sun 05 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Wed 08 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Thu 09 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Fri 10 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sat 11 Toronto, Canada @ Horseshoe Tavern
Tue 14 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Wed 15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge


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