Super Furry Animals, Neon Neon and solo star Gruff Rhys has announced details of his next exciting musical venture.
The 39-year-old singer has joined forces with Brazlian electronica maestro Tony Da Gatorra for what has been self-described as an “unorthodox” and “experimental” coming together.
The pair, dubbed Tony Da Gatorra vs. Gruff Rhys, will release their debut album 'The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness' through Turnstile on July 27th.
They'll then play three live dates kicking off at Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach on July 29th followed by appearances at Camp Bestival (July 30th) and Field Day Festival in London (July 31st).
Gruff Rhys said of the project:
"We spent 5 days rehearsing a set of songs to play live at the venue – our only shared language was music itself so there was no small talk, just intense concentration on the music. On the final day, as the rehearsals had been so productive, we hooked up some recording equipment and took about 5 hours out to make this record. We recorded several live takes of each song then chose the best versions. I added a harmony vocal overdub on two songs, otherwise it’s pretty much what we recorded at the time."
"Upon returning to Cardiff I took the songs to producer Kris Jenkins’s studio whose excitement for the album and general encouragement was infectious – then we called in noise legend Sir Doufus Styles to oversee the final mix. Armed with 5 flasks of strong coffee, 75 sticks of gum and a bank of vintage compressors we mixed The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness at extremely loud volume in one epic 12 hour session."