Warm, fuzzy (and Super Furry) singer/songwriter Gruff Rhys will release his third solo album, Hotel Shampoo, on May 3 via Wichita Recordings. The Welsh-born artist employs a number of styles in his third installment, from mariachi to ’60s pop on “Shark Ridden Waters,” which was released as the first single.



Named after Rhys’s collection of free products from his accommodations while touring, Hotel Shampoo covers topics such as discovering music, eco-politics and inequality, with Rhys playing most of the instruments himself. The album is another step forward for Rhys, after his 2007 release Candylion was praised as being more realized than his 2005 Welsh language solo debut Yr Atal Genhedlaeth.



In support of the album, Rhys created an art installation of a hotel comprised of his collection of free goods from hotel bathrooms throughout the years, in which he spent the night. The work is currently on display at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, CA. Rhys has also released videos for “Sensations In The Dark” and “Shark Ridden Waters.”



Rhys is currently touring Europe and the UK and will announce North American dates soon.



Tracklist For Hotel Shampoo:

01. Rubble Rubble

02. If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)

03. Patterns Of Power

04. At The Heart Of Love

05. Space Dust #2

06. Christopher Columbus

07. Sophie Softly

08. Conservation Conversation

09. Take A Sentence

10. Vitamin K

11. Sensations In The Dark

12. Honey All Over

13. Shark Ridden Waters



Tour Dates For Gruff Rhys:

02/14 – Sheffield, UK – Memorial Hall

02/15 – Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor

02/17 – Manchester, UK – St. Phillips

02/18 – Liverpool, UK – The Kazimier

02/19 – Cambridge, UK – St. Paul’s Church

02/20 – Norwich, UK – Arts Centre

02/21 – Nottingham, UK – Glee Club

02/22 – London, UK – Cadogan Hall

02/25 – Bridport, UK – Palace Theatre

02/26 – Brighton, UK – St. Georges Church

02/27 – Birmingham, UK – Glee Club

02/28 – Bristol, UK – St. Georges Hall

03/04 – Paris, France – Le Café De La Danse

03/05 – Vevey, France – Rocking Chair

03/06 – Vienna, Austria – Flex

03/08 – Frankfurt, Germany – Brotfabrik

03/09 – Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur

03/10 – Brussels, Belgium – Rotonde Botanique

03/11 – Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso

03/12 – Rotterdam, Holland – De Unie

03/14 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9

03/15 – Hamburg, Germany – Imperial Theater Hamburg

03/17 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen

03/18 – Stockholm, Sweden – Strand Club

03/19 – Malmo, Sweden – Debaser Malmo

04/26 – Tokyo, Japan – Club Quattro

04/27 – Osaka, Japan – Club Quattro