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Dark Days/Light Years finds Super Furry Animals plowing through a diverse amalgam of musical genres all the while retaining the ADD-fueled, mind-melting fun that is unmistakably their sound. “Crazy Naked Girls” opens with soulful Funkadelic inspired grooves pumping around doubled wah-wah guitar leads as Gruff Rhys sings nonsensically sexy lyrics with distorted Beck-esque falsettos. The song is a tangle of textures and psychedelic soundscapes with ensnarled threads of melody under styles that birth something you can both dance to and trip-out on. SFA downshifts on “MT.”, a catchy ditty rooted in equal parts folk pop and noise rock, before detouring into a full-on Brit pop club-hit with “Inaugural Terms,” an undeniably infectious tune that borrows from mid-‘90s UK indie pop. (The tune boasts a German spoken word cameo by Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy.) With Dark Days/Light Years the Welsh quintet continue to excel at making unpredictably catchy music that’s heavy on the kinds of weird noises you’d expect them to find dumpster diving behind the Flaming Lips’ recording studio.

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Best album of the year so far. Honestly - this is my favorite album of theirs since Rings Around the World. I am in constant amazement that SFA is not huge over here in America. They are one of the best bands going right now. Do yourself a favor and listen to this album the whole way through - you'll love it.


My first exposure to SFA . . . brilliant! Comparing it to what I know, if you like yo la tengo, Vampire Weekend, Beach Boys, Fountains of Wayne, Annimal Collective and The Samples, then you'll love SFA -- I do!


Formed: 1993 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Super Furry Animals were one of the first post-alternative bands, fusing together a number of disparate musical genres -- including power pop, punk rock, techno, and progressive rock -- creating a shimmering, melodic, irreverent, and willfully artsy rock & roll. As one of the leading bands of the mid-'90s Welsh movement, they were already tagged as outsiders by their tendency to sing entire songs in their native tongue, but their very approach was unique, full of both whimsy and left-wing political...
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