New Release, Video & Tour: Gruff Rhys – Pang!

Photo Credit: Mark James

Gruff Rhys will be releasing his new album Pang! on Rough Trade Records on 13th September

Pang! is a pop album with a couple of verses of Zulu and an English title. The album developed unexpectedly over about 18 months. A solo album of songs by Gruff Rhys, produced & mixed by the South African electronic artist Muzi

pang [ pang]

a sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing:
a pang of remorse; a pang of regret
a sudden, brief, sharp pain or physical sensation; spasm:
hunger pangs.

Recorded in Cardiff, Wales. The title-track “Pang!” was mixed by the producer Muzi in Cardiff & Johannesburg. Drums by Welsh-American psychedelic warlord Kliph Scurlock, brass by Gavin Fitzjohn and flute and percussion by the engineer Kris Jenkins. Beats, bass & ah’s by Muzi with Gruff on vocals and guitar

Gruff explains “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”

Take a listen below…

Album tracklisting…

2.Bae Bae Bae
4.Ara Deg (Ddaw’r Awen)
5.Eli Haul
6.Niwl O Anwiredd
7.Taranau Mai
8.Ol Bys / Nodau Clust
9.Annedd Im Danedd

Upcoming live dates as follows…

5th Sept – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Rooftop – US
7th Sept – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival – US
9th Sept – Chicago, IL – Hiedout – US
10th Sept – Kansas City, MO – recordBar – US
13th Sept – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon – US
15th Sept – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel – US
21st Sept – Bethesda, Wales, Gwyl Ara Deg – UK
15th Oct – Sage Gateshead – UK
16th Oct – Spree fest Paisley, Scotland – UK
18th Oct – Sŵn fest, Cardiff – UK
19th Oct – Future Days Festival, Birmingham – UK
20th Oct – Yes, Manchester – UK
21st Oct – Stoney’s field, Cambridge – UK
23rd Oct – Earth, London – UK
6th Nov – Paris – Le Pop-UP du Label – FR
7th Nov – Utrecht – Le Guess Who Fest – NL
8th Nov – Gent – Democrazy – BE
9th Nov – Berlin – Privatclub – DE


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