Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) releasing ‘Praxis Makes Perfect’ (stream a track)
by Bill Pearis
Neon Neon, the musical collaboration between Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and beatmaker Boom Bip, will release their second album Praxis Makes Perfect, on April 30. Much like their 2008 debut, Stainless Style (which was about infamous carmaker John Delorean), the new record is a concept album too:
Praxis Makes Perfect is inspired by the life and times of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. Born in to one of Italy’s wealthiest families, Feltrinelli was a left-wing political activist and published some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century, including The Leopard and Doctor Zhivago. He died in highly suspicious circumstances in 1972.
The record features help from Sabrina Salerno, Cate Le Bon, Josh Klinghoffer and others. Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip have also teamed up with playwright Tim Price, director Wils Wilson and National Theatre Wales to create theatrical live performances in Wales in May.
The album’s lead single, “Mid Century Modern Nightmare,” is subversively bouncy new wave, featuring Asia Argento reading excerpts from a Feltrinelli pirate radio broadcast. Rhys told The Guardian, “It’s a protest against the stylistic mid-20th century cultural stranglehold that continues to clog up our pop culture and strangle our forward-minded spirits to this day.” You can stream it below. Actually, for some reason, you can
stream the entire album right now via Spotify below as well (UPDATE: stream is down, we thought it seemed strange).
Neon Neon – “Mid Century Modern Nightmare”