Colourful communist publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli is the inspiration for this second suite of songs from collaborators Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip.
Glistening Euro synth-pop is the succulent bed for these historically-based flights of fancy, featuring guest vocals from Asia Argento and Cate le Bon; its retro-futurism coming off like the bastard offspring of ‘Chain Reaction’-era Diana Ross and ‘80s Gary Numan.
Audaciously ambitious in conceptual scope, it’s not evenly matched in musicality. Lacking both the complexity of the Super Furry Animals' playful psychedelia or the intimate warmth of Rhys’ solo work, it’s nevertheless an appealing curio and trailblazer in the small sphere of biographical concept albums.
Words: Anna Wilson