Phantom Power

by Super Furry Animals

Phantom Power

Phantom Power is the sixth album by Welsh indie rock band Super Furry Animals, released on 21 July 2003 by Epic Records in the United Kingdom. The record was originally conceived as a ten-song concept album using D-A-D-D-A-D guitar tuning, but the band chose to abandon this idea during recording as they didn’t want to constrain themselves. The group did attempt to create a “more coherent” album than their past efforts by choosing songs which worked well together. Phantom Power was recorded at the band’s own studio, AV Happenings, in Cardiff with the Super Furries producing and engineering themselves for the first time. The album features a range of musical styles, from country rock to techno, although many of the tracks are based around the acoustic guitar. According to chief songwriter and vocalist Gruff Rhys, the album’s lyrics deal with “broken relationships and war”.The album, like their previous record Rings Around the World, was simultaneously released on CD, vinyl and DVD. The DVD featured a surround sound mix of the album along with animations, commentary by Mario Caldato Jr. (who mixed the record) and remixes. The majority of these remixes were re-released as the album Phantom Phorce in 2004. Phantom Power was well received, with many critics suggesting it was the best album of the band’s career.


  1. Hello Sunshine
  2. Liberty Belle
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Sex, War & Robots
  5. The Piccolo Snare
  6. Venus & Serena
  7. Father Father #1
  8. Bleed Forever
  9. Out Of Control
  10. Cityscape Skybaby
  11. Father Father #2
  12. Valet Parking
  13. The Undefeated
  14. Slow Life

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Wikipedia URL
Format Vinyl 2× LP Album Reissue Remastered (Die Cut Cover)
Label BMG
Catalog Number BMGCAT799DLP
Notes Ltd Die Cut Cover
Discogs URL Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power