Exeter Phoenix, Exeter.
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Gruff Rhys is bringing his tour to Exeter this June. Gruff is a musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author who performs solo and with several bands, including Super Furry Animals.
Babelsberg is the fifth album by Gruff Rhys, his first record for Rough Trade since 2007’s classic Candylion.
The album’s ten tracks were initially recorded in early 2016 in a whirlwind three day session that took place before producer Ali Chant’s studio was demolished. The band he gathered for the record were his regular drummer Kliph Scurlock (ex-Flaming Lips) and multi-instrumentalists Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo) and Osian Gwynedd. The ten tracks then hibernated for eighteen months, awaiting orchestral scores by Swansea based composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
The result is Gruff’s best record to date – a ten song gazetteer of modern times, each track set to timeless, indelible melody. Amazingly, for a collection of songs written over two years ago, each one seems to pull very sharp focus on the times we’re living in.
Over the course of Babelsberg’s forty something minutes, Gruff manages to perfectly document our troubled and troubling times with humour, grace and always addictive melody. In a career that’s spanned three decades, two languages, multiple bands, offshoots, collaborations and one boundless imagination, Babelsberg is arguably Gruff’s finest set of songs to date. And we’re willing to have that argument.
VENUE: EXETER PHOENIX AUDITORIUM
Gruff Rhys has carved out an incredible career path as a songwriter and performer. Having spent nearly 20 years in the million-selling cross-genre group Super Furry Animals, Rhys has sustained a prolific output, releasing two solo records -- 2007's Candylion and 2011's critical and commercial success, Hotel Shampoo, in collaboration with Gorillaz and Dangermouse -- as well as receiving a Mercury Prize nomination for Neon Neon's Stainless Style LP, which he wrote and co-produced with Boom Bip.