Gruff Rhys – Candylion (Rough Trade)

Gruff Rhys is on hallucinogenic drugs – Fact. Well, possibly not ‘Fact’ in the legal sense of the word, but I put this to you in light of the lyrical content of his new single ‘Candylion’, the first release from the album of the same name, set for release next year, and a much desired interlude in the wait for a new Super Furry Animal’s album. Hailing from the same barrel of talent as The Flaming Lips – whom he supported on tour – it has something of an other-worldly quality with ethereal vocals gently pattering over delicate strings, bringing to mind poppy fields and other niceties. As for the drugs allegations, consider the opening lines: “A long time ago in the kingdom of candy/The lioness roamed the streets”. With such lunacy, this has Glastonbury 2007 stamped all over it.

[OS/CMU] Release date: 4 Dec

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