Pang is Caroline Polachek’s first album released under her real name, she has released music previously under ‘Romana Lisa’ and ‘CEP’. It was released in 2019, and places her vocals at the centre. Her ethereal yet sharp and clean voice hit’s cyborg notes. It’s ambiguous in its production yet all very easy to groove and cry-sing to. It’s a fun alty-pop album with soaring melodies and witty, self-aware lyrics. Her self-deprecating humour and cocooning of introspection make for a lovely listen.
When it comes to “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings”, as one who so deeply feels immature pure emotional and physical attraction, this song embodies pain of someone so unattainable yet so beautiful, whether that be a long distance relationship or giddy crush.
“I Give Up” is really talking to me at the moment, probably a bit too much. I played this song six times over today as I lay on my bed and pondered dropping out of postgrad.
And finally, “Caroline Shut Up”, a ‘having a pep talk with yourself in the mirror’ ballard, pleading that you stop overthinking and just enjoy the moment and sensation of falling in love, yikes.
The whole album is easy to relate to, hilarious and explores love and it’s pain and pleasure, a self-reflective yet entertaining listen.