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(Don't) Welcome The Plague As A Blessing/The Babelsberg Basement Files (Record Store Day 2020)
(Don't) Welcome The Plague As A Blessing/The Babelsberg Basement Files (Record Store Day 2020) (limited black & white split coloured vinyl LP + insert) (1 per customer)
Cat: RT 0120LP. Rel: 16 Sep 20
Indie
  1. Frontier Man (3:37)
  2. The Club (4:00)
  3. Oh Dear! (3:26)
  4. Limited Edition Heart (3:34)
  5. Take That Call (3:37)
  6. Drones In The City (3:49)
  7. Negative Vibes (5:15)
  8. Same Old Song (4:11)
  9. Architecture Of Amnesia (4:49)
  10. Selfies In The Sunset (8:04)
Review: Welsh multi-instrumental troubadour Gruff Rhys has never shied away from tackling expansive subjects, whether that's the American Interior or the plight of 21st Century Britain, as seems to be the case here. The germination for this collection of original recordings, demos and songs happened back in 2016, a year when Brexit was beginning to loom large, Bowie died, and this album become the last thing recorded at Ali Chant's studio - another creative space bulldozed to make way for redevelopment.




The tracks themselves are less obtuse about that backdrop than the 'Plague' in the title, but the classic intensity of Rhys is very much at play here. A guy who manages to hook us in with a very gentle kind of witchcraft, tracks built around locked guitar hooks and smoothly give way to sprawling overtures, but there's also a potent campfire intimacy here, too - the hushed master storyteller holding his audience from beginning to end.
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Pang! (Deluxe Edition)
Pang! (Deluxe Edition) (limited heavyweight splattered vinyl LP + poster)
Cat: RT 0086LPE. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Pang! (2:48)
  2. Bae Bae Bae (4:11)
  3. Digidigol (3:03)
  4. Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen) (2:38)
  5. Eli Haul (2:37)
  6. Niwl O Anwiredd (3:50)
  7. Taranau Mai (3:35)
  8. Ol Bys/Nodau Clust (3:55)
  9. Annedd I'm Danedd (3:11)
Review: A Welsh language album with a couple of verses in Zulu and an English title. If one thing was already clear about the enigmatic Gruff Rhys it's that he doesn't play strictly by numbers, making "Pang!" a logical addition to this oeuvre. If, of course, you're familiar with his oeuvre. Opening with its titular track, the artist immediately makes the few remaining newcomers to his work aware of his deft skills. Complex guitar instrumentation, soft, padding, exotic drum arrangements and - for most people - foreign lyrics. We're immediately transported to faraway climes, and it's here we stay. Playful percussion and looped six strings on "Niwl O Anwiredd". The celebratory "Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)", which recalls sub-Saharan crossover pop. The surreal atmosphere of "Digidigol" - where marching band meets opera in a haze of lilting chords. Put simply, it might be Rhys' most explorative yet, and that's saying something.
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Pang!
Pang! (CD)
Cat: RT 0086CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Pang!
  2. Bae Bae Bae
  3. Digidigol
  4. Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)
  5. Eli Haul
  6. Niwl O Anwiredd
  7. Taranau Mai
  8. Ol Bys/Nodau Clust
  9. Annedd I'm Danedd
Review: A Welsh language album with a couple of verses in Zulu and an English title. If one thing was already clear about the enigmatic Gruff Rhys it's that he doesn't play strictly by numbers, making "Pang!" a logical addition to this oeuvre. If, of course, you're familiar with his oeuvre. Opening with its titular track, the artist immediately makes the few remaining newcomers to his work aware of his deft skills. Complex guitar instrumentation, soft, padding, exotic drum arrangements and - for most people - foreign lyrics. We're immediately transported to faraway climes, and it's here we stay. Playful percussion and looped six strings on "Niwl O Anwiredd". The celebratory "Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)", which recalls sub-Saharan crossover pop. The surreal atmosphere of "Digidigol" - where marching band meets opera in a haze of lilting chords. Put simply, it might be Rhys' most explorative yet, and that's saying something.
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