by Samuel Birtwistle in New Music on Friday 18 November 2011

Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals’ solo career. I simply couldn’t get enough of his latest album, Hotel Shampoo, when it came out. Shark Ridden waters was without a doubt my song for the summer, and after recently revisiting it, I remember why.

It is much more accessible than any of the Super Furry Animals’ albums and stays hidden in the back of your mind until those moments where you’re alone and find yourself humming along. His absolute fascination with mastering all instruments is evident in the production of Hotel Shampoo, as it is just a giant concoction of sounds which works so well.