September 30, 2016
Welsh troubadour scores Set Fire To The Stars.
A love-letter to post-war New York, Gruff Rhys has written an original soundtrack for Andy Goddard’s 2014 film Set Fire To The Stars.
Starring Elijah Wood, the film follows poet Dylan Thomas during his first week in the USA in 1950; a sentiment reflected in the soundtrack which is steeped in cocktail jazz, hazy Americana and Atomic Age bop. The vignettes that make up the 23-track piece seem, like Thomas’ own, to be the first impressions of a Welshman in ’50s NYC.
In this case however, they’re Gruff Rhys’ impressions, for whom the soundtrack marks something of a diversion from his last LP American Interior which was recorded around the same time in 2014.
As he explains in the liner notes: “I decided not to use any instruments unavailable in that era… [but] beyond that I didn’t try and ape the style of that era in particular.” Instead, Rhys crafts a nostalgic collage for a time not lived, equal parts melancholy and optimism.
Released on Finders Keepers’ Twisted Nerve imprint on 30th September, you can check out the gorgeous Dada-ist artwork below and order your copy here.