New Release, Video & Live Dates: Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg / Frontier Man

Babelsberg, announced todayis set to be the fifth album release from Gruff Rhys

In addition, the Super Furry Animals singer has unveiled the new single and accompanying visuals for Frontier Man, taken from the June 8th album…

The album’s ten tracks were initially recorded in early 2016 in a whirlwind three day session that took place before producer Ali Chant’s studio was demolished. The band he gathered for the record were his regular drummer Kliph Scurlock (ex-Flaming Lips) and multi-instrumentalists Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo) and Osian Gwynedd. The ten tracks then hibernated for eighteen months, awaiting orchestral scores by Swansea based composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The result is a ten song gazetteer of modern times, each track set to timeless, indelible melody. Amazingly, for a collection of songs written over two years ago, each one seems to pull very sharp focus on the times we’re living in

Over the course of Babelsberg’s forty something minutes, Gruff manages to perfectly document our troubled and troubling times with humour, grace and always addictive melody

As well as a huge previously announced hometown show at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on June 10th (part of Cardiff’s annual Festival of Voice), Gruff has confirmed two further UK concerts with full orchestras backing him and his band. These incredible shows are…

12th September – Barbican, London (w/ the London Contemporary Orchestra)
16th September – RNCM, Manchester (w/ The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra)