New Release, Video & Tour: Gruff Rhys – Limited Edition Heart

Limited Edition Heart is the second song to be released from Babelsberg, the fifth album by Gruff Rhys and his first record for Rough Trade since 2007’s classic Candylion

Talking about the record, Gruff said: “I wrote Limited Edition Heart whilst walking along a polluted yet beautiful river. It has beautiful orchestral arrangements thanks to Stephen McNeff and the BBC NOW orchestra”

Have a listen below…

Babelsberg’s ten tracks were initially recorded in early 2016 in a whirlwind three-day session, then hibernated for eighteen months, awaiting orchestral scores by Swansea born composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Over the course of Babelsberg’s songs, Gruff manages to perfectly document our troubled and troubling times with humour, grace and always addictive melody. The lyrics on it take on subjects such as the smoke and mirrors of division at the heart of our major cities, the 21st century’s new forms of state sponsored murder, the numbing effect helplessness of the 24-hour news cycle and the rise and rise of the delusional male ego. To counterbalance Babelsberg’s lyrical themes, each of these ten tales of the fear-and-now is set against gorgeous, honeyed sound

Gruff has announced an Autumn tour of the UK and Europe. These dates will feature a career-spanning show from Gruff and his band. Gruff has previously announced a small series of special Babelsberg gigs featuring full orchestra backing and a couple of very intimate in store shows. He plays…

Jun 8th – Bristol, Rough Trade
Jun 10th – Cardiff, Millennium Centre (w/ BBC National Orchestra Of Wales)
Jun 13th – London, Rough Trade East (in store gig, entry with purchase of LP)
Aug 30th – Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival
Sept 12th – London, Barbican (w/ London Contemporary Orchestra)
Sept 15th – Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall (w/ RNCM Orchestra)
Sept 16th – Manchester, RNCM Concert Hall (w/ RNCM Orchestra)
Nov 8th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Nov 9th – Brighton, The Old Market
Nov 10th – Folkestone, The Quarterhouse
Nov 11th – Oxford, O2 Academy
Nov 12th – Bristol, SWX
Nov 13th – Birmingham, Glee Club
Nov 15th – Glasgow, SWG3
Nov 16th – Leeds, Church Leeds
Nov 17th – Liverpool, Arts Club
Nov 19th – Paris, France, Le Badaboum
Nov 20th – Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Tap Tab
Nov 21st – Munich, Germany, Ampere
Nov 22nd – Berlin, Germany, Privatclub
Nov 23rd – Hamburg, Germany, Turmzimmer
Nov 24th – Copenhagen, Denmark, Alice
Nov 26th – Brussels, Belgium, Botanique/Rotonde
Nov 27th – Cologne, Germany, Studio 672
Nov 28th – Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso Noord
Dec 1st – Cork, Ireland, Live At St.Lukes
Dec 2nd – Galway, Ireland, Roisin Dublin
Dec 3rd – Dublin, Ireland, Button Factory


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