Pang! is a pop album in Welsh with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. Pang! developed unexpectedly over the course of about 18 months and is a solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi and recorded in Cardiff, Wales.
The title track features drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn, flute and percussion by the engineer Kris Jenkins, beats, bass & ah’s by Muzi and of course Gruff Rhys on vocals and guitar.
Gruff shared some info on the title track: “Pang!” is a Welsh language song with an English title. It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a ‘list’ song, listing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design etc. Using the English word pang in a Welsh language track may appear weird but I suppose it’s like using the French word ‘Magazine’ in an English song. In that it’s slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.
released September 13, 2019
Produced and Mixed by Muzi
Recorded and Engineered by Kris Jenkins at Wings for Jesus, Cardiff, Wales, Assisted by Sir Doufus Styles
Mixed at Splice and Muzi's in Johannesburg, South Africa
Drums by Kliph Scurlock
All Brass Instruments by Gavin Fitzjohn except 'Bae Bae Bae' - Brass by Rob Smith (Sax) & Catherine Morgan (Trumpet) of Wonderbrass
Guitars, Bass and Vocals by Gruff Rhys
Percussion & Flute by Kris Jenkins
Balafon by N'famady Kouyaté
Beats, Additional Engineering, Programming, Vocals and Production by Muzi
Mastered by Shane The Cutter at Finyl Tweek, London
Art Direction and Design by Mark James
This is my favorite Sleater-Kinney album actually. The hooks are catchier than ever and set side-by-side with St. Vincent's production techniques and synths and whatnot they stand out and punch even harder. euphratean