It’s back solo work for Gruff Rhys, he of Neon Neon and Super Furry Animals. American Interior sees him in pursuit of alleged ancestor John Evans, on a trail of discovery through America.

American Interior is an exploration of how wild fantasies interact with hard history and how myth-making can inspire humans to partake in crazy, vain pursuits of glory, including exploration, war and the creative arts

This, the title track from the forthcoming album (and book, and film, and app), sees Rhys in mostly familiar musical territory: a gently progressing series of chords; Rhys’ lifeworn vocals that seem to exist in a minor key all of their own. And then, gloriously, he busts out a guitar solo, and the crowd goes wild.

American Interior will be out in May, on Turnstile Records. Before then, lucky SXSW-goers will be able to catch Rhys showcasing the new material and accompanying film.