Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Panda Riot: Far & Near EP

Plenty of music finding its way into our ears for 2010 seems to belong to new EP releases and, if today's featured artist has anything to do with it, we might just need to create a "best of" list for this particular category by year's end. Our original review of Chicago, Illinois based duo (now trio) Panda Riot took place back in November 2006 with a listen to an impressive demo track that would eventually be included in their full-length album She Dares All Things we featured exactly one year later in November 2007. Since that time updates have been scarce at best, but we now have a preview for an upcoming treat, titled Far & Near EP, that is set for release on May 11, 2010. While taking in all six songs that comprise this lovely new offering, our sometimes fleeting attention span was almost instantly overcome by the drifting introduction that promised a sound consistent with the exact same listening experience we fell deeply for a few years back. Have a listen...

MP3: Motown Glass

The balance of the music included within the upcoming Far & Near EP presents more of a decided shoegaze influence with Brian Cook providing another exceptional round of swirling guitar accompaniment to highlight Rebecca Scott's guiding and downright crush-inducing vocals. Enough gushing for you? Listen further by visiting the Panda Riot website and be prepared for a new favourite.

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