American Interior review – Gruff Rhys's vivid and exhilarating journey


It says something about Gruff Rhys's offbeat reputation that his latest project, a record celebrating the US travels of 18th-century Welsh explorer John Evans, to be accompanied by film, app and "psychedelic historical travelogue", will raise few eyebrows. Nor will the fact that he pulls it off beautifully. It doesn't hurt that the record contains some of his loveliest melodies in years, especially the wistful, string-draped Liberty (Is Where We'll Be). But it's Rhys's empathy with Evans and the humour and pathos with which he conveys his young protagonist's emotions that makes this such a vivid and exhilarating journey.


Ally Carnwath

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