Thursday, May 26, 2005

Super Furry Animals

If you haven't already (how many posts will I start with that phrase?), you gotta check out a band called Super Furry Animals. For many of you guys, I shared a collection of theirs ("Songbook, Vol. 1: The Singles") with you back in November, but I just recently got their first two albums ("Fuzzy Logic" and "Radiator"). Great stuff!

Fuzzy Logic [Bonus Tracks]Radiator [Bonus Tracks]

From their bio at

Super Furry Animals were one of the first post-alternative bands, fusing together a number of disparate musical genres -- including power pop, punk rock, techno, and progressive rock -- creating a shimmering, melodic, irreverent, and willfully artsy rock & roll.

Also from the review of "Fuzzy Logic": "Each song floats by on irresistible, catchy vocal harmonies, while the music alternates between glitzy overdriven guitars and sighing, sweeping keyboard, guitar, and string backdrops." And from the review of "Radiator":

As before, the group displays a gift for catchy, deceptively complex melodic hooks, but now its songwriting and arrangements are mind-bogglingly intricate and eclectic. Songs boast intertwining melodies and countermelodies, with guitars and keyboards swirling around the vocals. Similarly, the production is dense and heavy with detail, borrowing heavily from prog rock and psychedelic pop, but pieced together with the invention of techno and played with the energy of punk.

From the review for "Songbook...":

It could be argued that Super Furry Animals were the great British band of the late '90s, boasting bright, zippy tunes that put Blur to shame while incorporating electronica more seamlessly than Radiohead, but since the Welsh quintet cheerfully traveled outside the mainstream ... they were always a cult band.

I couldn't have said it better myself, thus the quotes. Check these guys out!

1 comment:

  1. I've heard of these guys years ago, when they collaborated with Paul McCartney on a project. Steve Jones on 103.1 has been known to play these guys a bunch. Good stuff from what I've heard.