Gruff Rhys explains album title with art installation

By | Published on Wednesday 10 November 2010

Gruff Rhys will release his previously reported new solo album on 14 Feb. He has also announced that it will be called ‘Hotel Shampoo’, and to explain the unusual title has created an art installation.

Rhys explains: “In 1995, I began touring the world industrially as a pop musician. A gleaming new cosmos of hotel accommodation opened up for me and in an instant I was seduced by the free products available in the rooms. I hoarded these objects in a rush of mild kleptomania. Every room in my house began to amass these plastic bottles and various, hotel-related things from every continent on earth (except Antarctica). Having never kept a journal these items have become like diary entries, triggering memories of all those buildings and random people I’ve met and inspiring some of the songs on the album”.

He continued: “As an act of revenge against the colonisation of our house, I vowed to build a hotel out of the items and sleep in it. The resulting Hotel Shampoo creation serves as a monument to the waste that’s produced in our disposable age and to catalogue my transient existence”.

You can watch a video of the shampoo hotel being constructed here. Or you can see it for real at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, where it is currently on display.

Here’s the album’s tracklist:

Shark Ridden Waters
Honey All Over
Sensations In The Dark
Vitamin K
Take A Sentence
Conservation Conversation
Sophie Softly
Christopher Columbus
Space Dust
At The Heart Of Love
Patterns Of Power
If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)
Rubble Rubble