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Wrongly pigeonholed at first as a Welsh Britpop band, the Super Furries have lived forever by comparison.

They're still releasing albums at a steady clip while their erstwhile contemporaries have either fallen silent (Radiohead), gone on hiatus (Blur), turned to dogshit (Oasis), or gone on hiatus, turned to dogshit, and then reunited (the Verve).

Back with a new venture entitled The Pale Blue Dots, consisting of himself and composer Richard Chester.

“This is our Jekyll and Hyde moment,” Bunford explains.

The narrative was ditched during the recording as the group culled together 11 songs that hold together as an intensely colorful, insanely catchy pop album.In contrast with many Super Furry Animals albums, no samplers were used during recording of Hey Venus!as the group made a conscious decision to create a "simple record" which "capture[d] the spirit of the band playing live in a room".As accomplished as those albums were, they found SFA losing their divine gift of suggesting that anything could happen, the very thing that made their first four albums so divine.While they didn't get as overstuffed and lethargic as Mercury Rev or Flaming Lips did when they turned all serious -- an impish sense of humor always pulsated underneath their music -- Super Furry Animals did turn a bit ponderous, which made the relative levity of Love Kraft welcome even if the album was uneven, but that warm, hazy record in no way suggested the full-fledged return to pop power that is 2007's Hey Venus!

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