Last night a scruffy Gruff Rhys and his fellow Furry Animals hit the Ed Sullivan Theater’s stage with what has got to be one of the shortest (yet entirely awesome) performances Dave’s seen in awhile. Brevity aside, it’s pretty slick how SFA slip little time shifts into the mix on “Neo Consumer.” It’s 4/4 fist-pumping fare for the intro, but Gruff weaves some new subdivisions into the verse, and another fresh count in the hook, keeping things charging forward quickly — and sort of dizzily — throughout. All that and great taste in knit winter hats.
Hey Venus! is out now via Rough Trade.