Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo

Quite the renaissance man
Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
Super Furry Animal, sometime Danger Mouse, Gorillaz and Boom Bip collaborator, and newly minted movie director, Gruff Rhys is quite the renaissance man.

His return to solo recording picks up where 2007’s ‘Candylion’ left off; producer Andy Votel drawing sirens, seagulls and well-seasoned psychedelica from a complaining shortwave radio set in the brilliantly eclectic album opener ‘Shark Ridden Waters’.

Elsewhere, ‘Hotel Shampoo’ shows off a simpler, stripped back Rhys - whose lyrics are placed front and centre of beautifully arranged tracks, each imbued with an infectious energy.

8/10

Words by Kingsley Marshall


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