The for­mer Su­per Furry An­i­mal on the videos of Takeshi Mu­rata, vis­it­ing Pais­ley Park and tun­ing in to Raidió na Gaeltachta

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Cur­rent favourite book I’ve been tour­ing re­cently, so I’ve been read­ing Joe Dun­thorne’s The Adul­ter­ants. It’s a slim, short novel for tak­ing on the road, and it’s very funny. It’s set in the back­drop of the ri­ots that took place in the UK a few years ago, so it’s light and grotesque at the same time. The last book I ac­tu­ally bought was The Hip

Hop Never Stops, a com­bined bi­og­ra­phy of MC Ham­mer and Vanilla Ice. I think com­bined bi­ogra­phies are the way for­ward: just get some ran­dom peo­ple to­gether and splice their lives to­gether. It’s a whole new pub­lish­ing bo­nanza. Who would I com­bine bi­ogra­phies with? Prob­a­bly Gigi Ha­did.


There’s a video artist called Takeshi Mu­rata. Psy­che­delic is a lazy word, but he makes dis­ori­en­tat­ing video pieces that in­ter­fere with the real world or cre­ate a su­per-real dis­turb­ing world. He’s got a piece called In­fi­nite

Doors, which is dis­turb­ing an­i­ma­tion in­volv­ing a weird wolf rid­ing a mo­tor­bike – it’s a night­mar­ish sce­nario. The most re­cent work I saw was Donuts, where he filmed his fam­ily walk­ing around a reg­u­lar Amer­i­can street past a dough­nut shop, but he’s dis­torted the video so it’s deeply dis­ori­en­tat­ing. He ex­plores new tech­nol­ogy – he pi­o­neered pixel-mash­ing a decade ago. He has an In­sta­gram ac­count to show clips, but it doesn’t do his work jus­tice. You need to see them in a gallery.


I think all cities are worth ex­plor­ing. To rec­om­mend one place over the other seems weird to me. Like I played in Folk­stone in Eng­land the other day and I walked to the venue and ac­ci­den­tally came across a record shop that stocked the works of Or­ange Milk Records from Colum­bus, Ohio, so I was in­tro­duced to a whole new world of mu­sic. I en­joy com­ing across things that I wouldn’t do oth­er­wise. But I did go to Pais­ley Park, Prince’s es­tate in Min­neapo­lis, and that was al­most spir­i­tual to me. It felt like a pil­grim­age in some ways.


One of the al­bums I bought from the record store on Or­ange Milk Records was Nico Niquo’s In a Silent Way. It’s quite med­i­ta­tive and it has quite an echo. You can get lost in it. There’s great sound de­sign and a deep bass.


To­toro, the an­i­mated owl. It’s all about the econ­omy of his ac­tion – he says a lot with very lit­tle words or move­ment.


Pod­casts are also a good source of news be­cause you get a larger va­ri­ety of voices, and more rad­i­cal thoughts, but re­cently I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast called Ghi­b­lio­theque where they dis­cuss the films of Stu­dio Ghi­bli. I’d rec­om­mend that. I also lis­ten to Aquar­ian

Drunk­ard, which is a good source of mu­sic – mostly mu­sic from the past but some new stuff as well.

So­cial me­dia pro­file

I’m po­lit­i­cally in tune with @Indige­nousTweets, to keep na­tive lan­guages sur­viv­ing in the age of ho­mogeny.

Ra­dio show

I live in Cardiff now, but when I go back to north­west Wales to see friends, we pick up RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. An Taobh Tuathail is on week­days 10pm to mid­night, and they play un­der­ground and in­stru­men­tal mu­sic from all over the world. It’s one of the most rad­i­cal ra­dio shows in the world. For years I didn’t know what it was and just tuned in to this es­o­teric mu­sic. Now I can lis­ten to it on dig­i­tal, but there’s a magic to driv­ing through the moun­tains on a dark night, lis­ten­ing to this un­usual, es­o­teric mu­sic.


I took my kids to see Yel­low Sub­ma­rine ,soit was a chance for me to in­doc­tri­nate them to psy­che­delic sounds and vi­su­als.

Gruff Rhys ap­pears at this year’s Other Voices in Din­gle, from Novem­ber 30th to De­cem­ber 2nd. See oth­er­ for more de­tails

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