Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals - Candylion

Bill Cummings 06/11/2006

Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys is set to release a brand new single in December with an album to follow in early January 2007. The single and title track of the album - 'Candylion' which features guest vocalist Lisa Jen from Welsh medievalists '9 Bach' - will be released on December 4th on 7”, CD and download with additional new songs 'Colossal Smile' and 'Somewhere or Other' on the b-sides..

Whilst preparing to recording a new Super Furry Animals album - currently being mixed - Gruff also completed work on 'Candylion' his second solo album. Recorded mainly with Gorwel Owen in Llanfaelog, Wales with additional recording and mixing taking place in Rio De Janeiro with Mario Caldato Jr, this is Gruff's first UK release through Rough Trade Records.

Candylion was raised by bears in Micronesia . Trained as a chef in Paris and following a City & Guilds diploma in desk top publishing at Tregoedwig polytechnic transformed himself into a card assembly image of his former self and arranged for the kind lady at the post depot to mail him back flatpack to his bear brothers and sisters. Safely back in the palm forest he was given lessons in exotic guitar pickin' by a passing oxymoron. He is currently recording his first album.

Gruff will be touring the record in February 2007 but in the meantime has also confirmed support shows with the Flaming Lips -

November 10 - Glasgow SECC
November 14 - London Hammersmith Apollo

In the meantime you should check out how to assemble your own real candylion by checking out the video for 'Candylion' through the following links -

Gruff Rhys - Candylion_Hi.rm

Gruff Rhys - Candylion_Hi.wmv

There are also some exclusive album tracks here: