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LISTEN: Gruff Rhys Soundtrack Work
Christian Eede , September 26th, 2016 15:42

Super Furry Animals frontman shares soundtrack for new film, Set Fire To The Stars; listen below

Gruff Rhys will provide the soundtrack on a new film entitled Set Fire To The Stars, and above, you can check it out in full exclusively.

Recorded at around the same time as his 2014 album American Interior, the soundtrack takes in Americana and jazz influences, and is described as "a love letter to New York".

Of the soundtrack, Rhys says: “This is an album of music written for a film directed by Andy Goddard concerning the poet Dylan Thomas’s first week in the USA in 1950 and his uneven friendship with fellow poet – and agent of sorts - John Malcolm Brinnin. As the film is shot in black and white and set in the Jazz age, I decided not to use any instruments unavailable in that era. I also keep the recordings as live takes. Beyond that – I didn’t try and ape the style of that era in particular apart from the song 'Atom Bomb' which on screen, plays on a jukebox in a cafe and needed to be true to the year sonically and lyrically in some way.

“Playing the guitar, I formed a short lived Agro-Jazz quartet (you got a problem with that?) called Video Loss with Chris Walmsley on drums, Jim Barr on double bass and Osian Gwynedd on piano. I wrote a bunch of songs and instrumentals. Some other bits were improvised to picture by Osian Gwynedd and myself. Chop Shop features Video Loss on max Moon-Ra improvisational setting. Gruff ab Arwel arranged all the strings and Gavin Fitzjohn played and scored the brass. It was recorded and mixed at Toybox, Bristol by the incredible Ali Chant – apart from the strings which were recorded at Metropolis, London.”

The soundtrack is available to buy from this Friday (September 30).

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