The Welsh diaspora has led to some curious tales.
Take the story of John Evans. A Welsh explorer, he charted the vast expanses of the North American continent in a futile attempt to trace a tribe of Welsh speaking Native Americans.
His story passed down in folklore, Gruff Rhys decided to re-trace his steps. Penning songs along the way, the experience is laid out in new album 'American Interior'.
Matching his wonderfully eccentric brand of indie pop to revealing, often emotionally bare lyrics, it's an album which is both easy on the ear and quite challenging.
New single 'Liberty (Is Where We'll Be)' will be released on July 21st - check it out below.
Alongside this, Clash can unveil a delicate session video of 'American Interior'. The title cut of his new album, Gruff Rhys is shown strumming through the track with no accompaniment. An effortlessly sweet performance, you can check it out below.
Finally, Gruff Rhys has confirmed the following shows:
4 Shetland Mareel
5 Glasgow ABC
6 Gateshead Old Town Hall
10 Manchester Royal Northern College Of Music
11 Bristol Woodlands Church
13 Wakefield Long Division
14 Hebden Bridge The Trades Club
15 Birmingham Glee Club
17 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
18 Brighton St. George’s Church
19 Ashford St. Mary’s Church
20 London Queen Elizabeth Hall
21 Laugharne The Dylan Weekend
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