Gruff Rhys – Holiest of the Holy Men
Gruff Rhys’ latest album, Seeking New Gods, is a concept record based upon Mount Paektu, a mountain that sits between North Korea and China. It’s considered the spiritual home of the country – more than just a mountain, it is everything to Koreans, and its mythical significance drew Rhys in. “There’s so much mythology around it – like a lot of holy mountains – as cultures come and go,” Rhys commented. “Mountains outlast all the different political situations and people, and I liked the idea of a biography that lasts a really long time, spanning the rise and fall of whole civilisations and the various peoples who adapted their mythologies to the mountain itself.” Gruff Rhys has brought a sensitivity to this album that allows us to spend quality time in his imagination.