The land down under is awash in synth p0p this time around. The group is Panama, and the line-up consists of five Aussies. Sounding a bit like an eighties house music group masquerading as a band in 2012, Panama is barely a year old. They aren’t even listed on Wikipedia.
There is something engaging, sensual and gorgeous about the sounds produced by this indie-pop five piece. The production is lush, completely accessible, and beautiful. I would have decided I liked this simply to spite myself back in my metal days, but there’s simply no denying how engaging this music is.
The third track has an apt title, ‘Magic’, because by then, the spell is cast and you’re completely hooked. At least I am. On the bands bio page, it’s stated that Jarrah McCleary, the groups leader, is a classically trained pianist who has been studying since the age of six. The music teacher in me is very psyched by trivia like this. As far as I’m concerned, this makes all the difference; it’s also proof of Jarrah’s musical prowess, because there’s nothing on this e.p. that sounds anything like Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Beethoven, or Brahms.
Unfortunately, due to the state of things in the music biz, I’m completely sure this group will only gain a following that is so big. There’s way too much music out there to compete with. But, for those people who manage to find this band and really listen to them, they will find their efforts rewarded by an infectious combination of compositional chops and dance floor groove. Check them out.