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Gruff Rhys 'I Love EU'

1mo ago
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#iloveEU Here's a new song that genuinely came to me in a daydream whilst I was trying to tune in my faulty DAB radio. I heard a snippet of news about this badly timed referendum* on staying/leaving the EU and suddenly it hit me hard how much I'd miss it if the UK managed inexplicably to kick itself out of this sophisticated European night club.** It's a very complex warren of a nightclub with many rooms playing very different songs. People rarely dance to the same tune but it's the best night out. It's basically just an attempt to make an emotional case for mother Europe, this flawed, fantastic, potentially Utopian mega-club that I've been lucky enough to grow up in. My initial idea was for an undercover song that could be played to xenophobes as a regular love song - I had no inkling that I was going to be writing this song on that day but somehow or other that's how things turned out so I went with it. In the end I didn't want to sit on the fence so I called it I Love EU. This song isn't about definitive political policy detail, but about the genuine friendship I've felt as a touring musician living in the EU which as a child of the 1970's is all I've ever known. Please consider voting to stay in the EU on June 23rd and please vote out as many right wing climate change denying nutters wherever you are in the forthcoming local and national elections on May 5th. The horrific European wars of the past were surely not fought just to let in the bigoted through the back door. Maybe have a look at http://www.diem25.org Consider a postal vote if you're overseas. * & ** see http://gruffrhys.com With Thanks: After a chance, encouraging conversation with Robin Turner where upon I happened to mention I had a positive number concerning the EU written, I immediately phoned Simon Jones from the Cymru Beats synth emporium and asked if I could come over and record it. Simon produced it - that initial session took about 4 hours. We finished it the day after. Simon took it to Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering to finish it off. In the meantime Mark James Works made the incredible lyric video in a similar fever of urgency. Thanks to all at Turnstile, Caroline, and Dean at PPL for helping me fill in the forms that need filling and sorting things out to get the music out there in a hurry. Thanks to Dark Arts, Berlin for moisturising the unfamiliar skin of Facebook and occasionally some other futuristic medias on my behalf. Thanks to Super Furry Animals for putting up with me. Come and see us on tour!