Exclusive Premiere now, on Guardian Music.
The American Interior music video is directed by Dylan Goch and is a distillation of what happened when he followed me on an investigative concert tour of the USA in 2012 in search of the remains of explorer John Evans (1770-1799). It features a 1meter tall avatar of said explorer. It was designed by Pete fowler and built by The Felt Mistress. No special effects, colour tints, filters or animation were used in the editing – it’s all pretty much as it happened. You had to be there – and now you can!
If you like the look of it – American Interior – The Movie is coming to screens near you in May. The album (turnstile) and book (Hamish Hamilton) will be in the shops around the same time, and if you have a phone – well an app will be available too.
Director and Editor: Dylan Goch. Cinematography: Ryan Owen Eddleston. Graphics: Paul Nicholas at Bait. Produced by Catryn Ramasut at ie ie Productions.
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Gruff Rhys will play solo concerts at the Soho theatre, London for a week from the 5th of May to celebrate the release of the American Interior Album, App, Book and Film during the same week.
The songs of American Interior and other choice cuts will ring out for the first time in the heart of the metropolis and the ears of audience members. Rhys will also present a lo-tec Powerpoint Presentation on the life of explorer John Evans.
Ticket details: London /// Cardiff
‘American Interior’ is released May 5th, and can currently be preordered on iTunes or physically, including as part of a glorious box set.
Gruff’s current confirmed schedule is as follows.
May 1st – Liverpool Sound City
May 2nd – Acapela (Pentyrch), Cardiff (BUY)
May 3rd – Cardigan, Pembrokeshire (BUY)
May 5th – 10th – Soho Theatre, London (BUY)
July 25th – Caught By The River Festival, Port Eliot
July 26th – Indietracks, Derbyshire
August 30th – End Of The Road Festival
The multi media project American Interior has music at its core and here’s an opportunity to purchase copies of the extended album by Gruff Rhys in a multitude of musical formats. A limited box set will be made available that includes a subscription for the 3 vinyl EPs that will accompany the vinyl album – including 8 brand new songs that are not included on the 13 track mother album. The box also includes a t-shirt and an exclusive Pete Fowler art print (signed by Gruff!). Copies of the album alone on CD and Vinyl are also available to pre-order. A digital pre-order is available on iTunes. Whichever way you order, you’ll get instant download of ‘American Interior’ the single.
The full mountain range of sonic possibilities available for your ears are just a click away at Gruff’s store.
Brutalist yet Melodious! Wild Western yet North Walian! Spacious yet mournful! Bombastic yet Pizazz-full!
These are some of the attributes that are perhaps pinnable to the chest of this new song that goes by the name: American Interior.
It will be the theme song of the film and book of the same name but is a robust drama in it’s own right. Inspired by the unusual journey of 18th century explorer John Evans through lands that would eventually become part of today’s USA.
It was constructed and played out fast and loose – like a peaceful war, by Gruff Rhys on Guitar and vocals, Kliph Scurlock on drums, Osian Gwynedd on piano, and playing what is without argument the greatest electric mandola solo in the history of recorded song – Alun Tan Lan.
The frontier string section were arranged by Gruff ab Arwel and features:
Mari Morgan – 1st violin
Francesca Simmons – 2nd violin
Rebecca Homer – viola
Elen Ifan – cello
It was recorded initially by Bright Eyes’s Mike Mogis in Omaha, Nebraska and finished up and mixed by Ali Chant in St Pauls, Bristol.
Recommended: listen loudly through massive speakers and simultaneously plug in a hair dryer and aim towards the top half of your forehead – It will help give the impression that you’re standing on top of a canyon in a cosmic sandstorm or something similar.
Zanne Wedelstaedt, Music Editor.
Midnight screening of Phil Collins’s peerless parable of commerce and fantasy: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us
Featuring the music and the odd visual appearance of Gruff Rhys and Y Niwl.