Few artists are lucky, or talented enough to retain the ongoing affection of their fans and acclaim of the critics on entering the third decade of their performing careers. It’s testament to Gruff Rhys that he has effortlessly managed this while continuing to develop both as front man of indie legends the Super Furry Animals, as one half of electro outfit Neon Neon, and as a solo artist, now touring his third record, Hotel Shampoo.

The initially confusing album title arises from the vast collection of complimentary hotel items Gruff has horded over time. He explains: “Having never kept a journal these items have become like diary entries, triggering memories of all those buildings and random people I’ve met and inspiring songs on the album.”

What results is as finely fashioned a batch of eloquently plush pop you’re likely to hear this or any other year, and you can judge for yourself at the Kazimier this Friday night.

Gruff Rhys, The Kazimier, Fri 18 February, 8pm

Mike Pinnington

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