Gruff Rhys has shared plans for new studio album 'Babelsberg'.
The Welsh songwriter laid down the basic tracks in 2016, using Ali Chant’s soon to be demolished studio.
Allowing the material to gestate for 18 months, the ten songs that make up 'Babelsberg' were given lavish orchestral scores by Swansea based composer Stephen McNeff and the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
As for the album title, here's Gruff to explain...
“I’d made a note of the name after driving past a sign when I was on tour in 2014. Cut to a few years later and the studio where I recorded the album was being knocked down just a week after I finished to make way for a ‘luxury’ apartment development. I was looking for a name that evoked the Tower of Babel - people building towers to reach an idea of heaven (but maybe creating a kind of hell - I’m an atheist by the way!) In any case I had written Babelsberg down and when I listened to the songs together, it finally made sense why I’d done that.”
Gruff Rhys' first new album for Rough Trade in a decade, 'Babelsburg' arrives on June 8th.
Here's lead song 'Frontier Man'...
Catch Gruff Rhys at the following shows:
12 London Barbican (with the London Contemporary Orchestra)
16 Manchester RNCM Concert Hall (with The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra)
For tickets to the latest Gruff Rhys shows click HERE.
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