Super Furries Hone Their 'Kraft'
Welsh rock act the Super Furry Animals will release its seventh album, "Love Kraft," Sept. 13 in North America via XL Recordings/Beggars Group.Welsh rock act the Super Furry Animals will release its seventh album, "Love Kraft," Sept. 13 in North America via XL Recordings/Beggars Group. Internationally, the set will be released Aug. 22 and preceded on Aug. 8 by the single "Lazer Beam."
"Love Kraft" was recorded in Spain with Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys) and features more songwriting collaborations between band members than on prior efforts. String arrangements were handled by the High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan, and 100-member Catalan choir even turns up for an appearance.
Easing up on their political leanings, the Furries here offer a more personal set of songs. "The world is so ridiculously dark at the moment," says frontman Gruff Rhys. "When you don't know where to start politically, it's sometimes easier to become inward looking or to enter the world of the imagination."
The new album is the follow-up to 2003's "Phantom Power," which debuted at No. 17 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. It will be supported first with handful of a summer shows, including June 29-30 opening slots for Oasis in Glasgow and Manchester, and then by a full U.K. tour in mid-September.