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Gruff Rhys needs no introduction. The brainchild behind quirky Welsh popsters Super Furry Animals, Gruff has penned such nuggets of musical genius as 'God Show Me Magic!' (from their 1996 debut 'Furry Logic') 'Juxtapozed With U' (2001) and 'Golden Retriever'(2003).

Not forgetting of course, the undeniably ace profanity-laden 'Man Don't Give A F**k,' re-released as a limited edition single in September 2004 as part of the band's Singles Collection, 'Songbook'.

Well known for being a prolific songwriter, it comes as no surprise then that the Furry front-man has embarked on his first solo venture. Yr Atal Genhedlaeth (translated as 'The Stuttering Generation') is written and sang entirely in Welsh, with Gruff playing all the instruments himself.

It isn't the first time Gruff has written songs in his native language - the SFA's 2000 album 'MWNG' is all in Welsh.

Fans will be pleased to know that Gruff's fondness for lyrical weirdness is present and correct. Yr Atal Genhedlaeth features the tragic love story of a woman called 'Egg Pudding' (Pwdin Wy1). "It's a song I've been trying to get out of my system for ten years!" says Gruff.

Recorded at long-time Furry producer Gorwel Owen's studio, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth is out now on the Furry's own Placid Casual label.

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