It’s reissue time for the alt kings of Wales. The fourth album by Super Furry Animals is a lo-fi effort that’s packed with pop sensibilities. Notably their first release with lyrics entirely sung in Welsh, Mwng was described by Rhys as their ‘pop strike’ after failing to make chart headway in English. An essential document in the evolution of musical heavyweights and it's catchy as hell. Out on CD, deluxe 2CD, vinyl LP and LTD deluxe 3LP from Domino.
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It’s been 15 years since Super Furry Animals low-key Welsh language ‘Mwing’ album and as it’s been long out of print maybe now is as good a time as any for a re-issue. It sees their skyscrapingly melodious brand of psychedelic pop music as intact as ever. Obviously for those of us who don’t speak Welsh there is the elephant in the room that is the fact that it will be impossible to connect with it lyrically, yet this isn’t as much as a problem as it might be especially when songs as strong as ‘Ymaelodi A’R Ymylon’ burst forth. It’s one of those twisting turning tracks where you wonder who in their right mind could think of something so unusually tuneful. But its not all madcap pop, ‘Y Gwyneb Iau’ is a smooth Bacharachian ballad with parping trumpet and big chorus and atmospheric late 60’s style tracks like ‘Nythod Cacwn’ are evocative and mysterious alongside full on psych romps like ‘Ysbeidiau Heulog’ - it sounds like the band are having fun, pressure off just doing what the hell they like.
The album is an absolute must for any Super Furry Animals fans and with the likes of H. Hawkline and Jacco Gardner sounding like they have spent their youth delving into the Super Furries back catalogue, it’s good to remember what fine tunesmiths they have always been.
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