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IN SPACE (EP)

Super Furry Animals

 

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siLLy puPPy
3 stars Right from the beginning SUPER FURRY ANIMALS were displaying their mammalian cuteness and treating us to a strange little debut EP with an equally strange lengthy title which, believe it or not is LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYNDROBWLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCHYNYGO FOD (IN SPACE). The title is from a real town on the Isle of Anglesey in their native Wales which happens to be the longest official one-word place name in all of Europe and the second in the entire world. The funny thing about this monstrous title is that the entire running length of the EP is a mere 13:03 and as a non-Welsh speaker i would have to say that pronouncing the name of this release would take me longer than it would take for the 4 tracks to play. So we can just call it IN SPACE :)

This is a debut release and frankly it sounds like one. It is nowhere as interesting and creative as the first few full studio albums, but it is hardly a waste of time either. All tracks are sung in their native Welsh and the although the music isn't as varied as future releases, we get some hints of what's to come. Starting on "Organ Yn Dy Geg" we get an indie rock type of grungy sound with cool swirling electronic effects and a harmonica on board as well. All tracks are short and sweet. "Fix Idris" sounds very much like a 90s indie Britpop type of song with vocal harmonies and a bouncy Blur type of guitar edge with a slight Beatles kind of feel. "Crys Ti" is a very short track that reminds me a bit of Weezer pop punk with some electronics added. "Blerwytirhwng?" is the longest track one second shy of the five minute mark and is a slower indie rock type of track that has a nice hook and almost sounds orchestrated but in an SFA way. The backing of various sounds around a nice groovy guitar riff is the key to their song building and however here it's at the beginning stages.

This EP was released twice with two front covers. The original has some dude sweeping under a rug with other figures under there as well which ironically is also the cover of their second release the "Moog Doog EP" albeit with different coloration. The second is the one i have of a neon green smiley face with Mickey Mouse ears and two cute SFA eyes on a black background. A nice debut for a unique band that doesn't quite hit the mark as they would on their full album releases but nonetheless dishes out four nice tracks that managed to carve a distinct sound of sort despite the obvious influences. 3.5 rounded down

siLLy puPPy | 3/5 |

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