The first two Super Furry Animals albums, Fuzzy Logic and Radiator, were mutant psychedelic glam-rock masterpieces. But the two albums that grabbed me most were their rarities album Outspaced, and their Welsh language album, the subject of this post, Mwng.
Mwng is almost like a side project. It was released on the bands own label, Placid Casual, after the demise of their previous label, Creation. As a consequence it received little or no promotion. It features little of the wild-assed ideas and sounds on their Creation albums, and being sung in Welsh, there is none of the overt lyrical humour of the Creation albums – though maybe that's evident if you understand Welsh? However, this is more than made up by the emergence of a hitherto unseen pastoral folk influence, and the added mystery that the Welsh lyrics conjure. Just as everything sung in French sounds sexy, everything sung in Welsh sounds like it has emerged from middle earth! Gargoyles and Goblins!