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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline International S&D
  • ASIN: B00IPXJ5D2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Gruff Rhys ventures into the American Interior
Two men. Two quests.
Two centuries apart.
American Interior is a unique project that firmly establishes Gruff Rhys as a captivating storyteller, blurring the boundaries and possibilities of songwriting, music, literature, film and technology to create a multisensory experience telling the incredible true story of John Evans.

In 1792, John Evans, a twenty-two-year-old farmhand from Snowdonia, Wales, travelled to America to discover whether there was, as widely believed, a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe - The Madogwys - still walking the Great Plains.

During the course of an extraordinary adventure, Evans wrestled the largest river reptiles ever seen in the Mississippi, hunted Bison with the Omaha tribe, defected to the Spanish in St Louis, discovered imaginary volcanoes in Missouri, annexed North Dakota from the British, and created the map that guided Lewis and Clark on their legendary expedition.

In the summer of 2012, over two hundred years later, Gruff himself a distant relative of Evans - retraced the explorer s route through the heart of the continent by means of an Investigative Concert Tour TM" - a series of solo gigs that saw him accompanied by little more than acoustic guitar, PowerPoint presentation and a three-foot high felt avatar of John Evans designed by artist and long-time collaborator Pete Fowler.

Brilliantly documenting both Evans s and Gruff s odysseys, American Interior is released across four different formats, each of which explores the story from a distinct angle

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Gruff's fourth solo LP features thirteen phenomenal new songs inspired by Evans original journey. Written in part on 2012 s Investigative Concert Tour TM", the record is a topographical rock n roll masterpiece.

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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2014
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Gruff Rhys and his band, Super Furry Animals, have rocked my world since 1996 when they released one of the most magnificent debut albums of all time, "Fuzzy Logic", and they, to my astonishment, managed to surpass their stellar first album several times with some truly remarkable, wildly creative pieces of work. I have to confess, however, that I'm not an uncritical fan and I haven't loved everything that the Super Furries or Gruff have released (Neon Neon left me cold, for example), just a great deal of it. However, it is albums like "American Interior" that reward the loyal fan, as it is, in my opinion, the best album that Gruff has been involved with since SFA's "Hey Venus!" back in 2007 and his greatest solo achievement to date. Based on the life of John Evans, a Welsh explorer who mapped the Missouri River in the late 18th century whilst searching for a lost tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans, Rhys has written and released a beautifully rich, varied album full of diverse styles and mostly very listenable, enjoyable songs which has the feel of Super Furry Animals throughout much of it.

"American Interior" has inventiveness and artistry in absolute abundance. The title track really is a work of sheer beauty, a truly magnificent composition embellished with strings, setting the scene for the widescreen nature of the album perfectly. There is an immediate change of mood as "100 Unread Messages" is a joyfully performed, comedic piece with more key changes squeezed into one song than most artists have in an entire album. "The Whether (Or Not)" is a delightfully nutty piece which has the hint of a country song peeking through on occasions, a touch of saxophone-drenched glam rock stomp and some inspired time changes to boot.
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Since when did concept albums come back into vogue, I must have missed that particular memo.
So yet another absorbing highly ambitious release from Gruff (although not a concept album with a traditional narrative), adopting his indie-singer-songerwriter persona for this project, apart from “lost Tribes” that has a Eighties Neon-Neon feel to it, “Allweddellau..” which features some Native American Chanting, apparently that an offensive term (you learn something new) & the Country & Western tinged “100 Unread Messages”, which hopefully be an out & out future Gruff classic.
For a recording artist who has taste genuine commercial success (“Mwny” was the first & I think only Welsh sung record to break the top ten in the UK), Gruff is not afraid in the least to risk he career by ploughing his own furrow, by constantly releasing left-field records, well done & long may it continue.
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A mainstay of my listening pleasure since Fuzzy Logic was released in 1996, Gruff Rhys's latest offering is perhaps his best work. There isn't a filler amongst the tracks on this masterpiece. Long may his good work continue.
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I'm a huge fan of Gruff's / (and superfurry animals). Whilst there are a couple of tracks on this album I'm not wild about, there are plenty of good ones and a couple of real crackers. I really like the overall project (i.e. the accompanying film and book) and would definitely recommend them to fans. Also, my partner is not a fan per se, but they enjoyed this album too.
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Another great album from Mr. Rhys, the man just oozes good songs and lyrics. If you are an old fan or not, and have a genuine ear for decent music, then you have to appreciate that even the worst songs on this album are more creative than the majority of music out today.

The album sways between majestic sweeping ballads and jaunty singalongs. Old school SFA fans will like the rockier side and strings of Iolo, along with the Candylion era sound of some of the other tunes, and a bit of a Neon Neon Praxis vibe thrown in too. Although it is part of a film / book / album / app package, the album can stand up by itself as another classy album by one of our most underrated talents.
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A history lesson, a travelogue or a concept album. Gruff always surprising, always great lines, melodies and these odd but lovely electrolyte bleats -the stories in this record are apparently following the trail of an 18th century ancestor who set sail to Baltimore from Wales to seek out a Welsh speaking native American tribe.
The stand outs for me are 100 Unread Messages which whips along in a jolly clip and the rather lovely the Last Conquistador & walk Into the wilderness. The songs follow the trail across America and it is book like and aching in parts. Some might say self indulgent but a thing of clever lines, melodic tunes and quirky bits -a joy.
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This is another lovely release from Rhys. Not as immediate as hotel Shampoo- and no stand out like Honey all Over - one of the best songs fo the past few years. But this does mix it up a little more - some lovely melodies, some great use of choir/backing singers, and overall a great album for the spring/summer days.
The vinyl is great - gatefold with a CD, heavy vinyl with a nice print quality.
I think it is a grower - and worth many repeat listens.
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Gruff's fullest solo effort yet. Kliph Scurlock's (formerly of the Flaming Lips) drumming adds a new dimension to his songs. "The Last Conquistador" is breathtakingly beautiful.
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