Gruff Rhys Explores The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness with Brazilian VCR Repairman
Published Mar 30, 2010Gruff Rhys is known as the front-man for the Super Furry Animals, half of Neon Neon and as a solo artist. Following his beloved 2007 effort Candylion, Rhys turned heads with his "psychedelic western road movie" Seperado!, which is said to be getting a DVD release later this year. Keeping with his unpredictable career choices, Rhys has unveiled a bizarre new collaborative album.
The release is called The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness, and finds Rhys teaming up with Tony Da Gatorra, a Brazilian electronic musician who doubles as a VCR repairman and instrument inventor. For their joint effort, the pair are billing themselves as Tony Da Gatorra vs. Gruff Rhys.
In a press release, Rhys described the album's process with the following statement:
We spent 5 days rehearsing a set of songs to play live at the venue - our only shared language was music itself so there was no small talk, just intense concentration on the music. On the final day, as the rehearsals had been so productive, we hooked up some recording equipment and took about 5 hours out to make this record. We recorded several live takes of each song then chose the best versions. I added a harmony vocal overdub on two songs, otherwise it's pretty much what we recorded at the time.
Upon returning to Cardiff I took the songs to producer Kris Jenkins's studio whose excitement for the album and general encouragement was infectious - then we called in noise legend Sir Doufus Styles to oversee the final mix. Armed with 5 flasks of strong coffee, 75 sticks of gum and a bank of vintage compressors we mixed The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness at extremely loud volume in one epic 12 hour session.
The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness will be released by Turnstile Music on July 26 in the UK. In addition to the physical release, the duo have three UK-only shows prepared for the summer. Those dates are below.
7/29 Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor
7/30 Dorset, England - Camp Bestival
7/31 London, England - Field Day