superfurryanimalsThe more I’ve listened to Dark Days/Light Years, the new release from Welsh band Super Furry Animals, the more I’ve appreciated the nutty pop brilliance that invigorates so much of the album. Over the course of an hour and twelve tracks, the band fuses acid rock, shoegaze, electronica, sunny 60’s pop and blissed out psychedelic jams into an almost improbably entertaining and addictively listenable batch of music. To paraphrase a Last FM listener, the Super Furry Animals are one of the few bands that could write a song about trams and then have it as their first single: “Let us celebrate this monumental progress / We have reduced emissions by seventy-five per cent…” Dark Days/Light Years is a great funhouse of an album, multilayered and often epic in scale, a record to get lost and found in again and again. Standout cuts: “Mt,” “Inaugural Trams,” “Cardiff In The Sun” and “The Very Best Of Neil Diamond.”

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