Panther and the Zoo: Think About It Not Exploding (PZ)

 |   |  <1 min read

Panther and the Zoo: Sleep Over
Panther and the Zoo: Think About It Not Exploding (PZ)

This slight four song EP -- two songs not even making the two minute mark -- might not be much to go on in terms of getting any sense of the breadth of Auckland songwriter Graham Panthers' abilities or potential, but these are lovely little minatures rendered with a lightness of touch and a vocal confidence that belies their fragile textures.

P&Zoo belong to that happy and charming vein of New Zealand music which includes the Brunettes, the Ruby Suns, Phoenix Foundation, Samuel Flynn Scott, lesserly so Dudley Benson, and Lawrence Arabia, artists who have an ear for a pop melody, a folk-pop heart and the sensibility to discreetly embellish without swamping the craftsmanship and delicacy at work.

Yep, only for tracks -- but four with interesting lyrics (love, romance and the whole damn thing) and sense of pop smarts. Nice stuff, cool cover too.

 

Share It

Your Comments

Franny - Feb 14, 2010

Just got these songs off itunes and I'm really loving them. Kind of feels like if Julian Casablancas sat around for a month listening to Roy Orbison while taking sedatives and staying up very late at night to think about...well...stuff. I'm excited to see what else these fellas come up with.

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

James Taylor: Before This World (Universal)

James Taylor: Before This World (Universal)

For his first album of new material in 13 years, James Taylor doesn't spring, “Hope you like my new direction” on his audience. In fact three songs here – the pastoral... > Read more

Virginia Wing: Ecstatic Arrow (Fire/Southbound)

Virginia Wing: Ecstatic Arrow (Fire/Southbound)

The previous album by this London duo out of Manchester was an often uneasy amalgam of emotionally cool pop, hard-edged electro-beats and an art school kind of 21st century synth-pop. This time... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

ROTTEN: NO IRISH, NO BLACKS, NO DOGS by JOHN LYDON: Reviewed 1994

ROTTEN: NO IRISH, NO BLACKS, NO DOGS by JOHN LYDON: Reviewed 1994

“With the Sex Pistols we were hated, absolutely despised. There was no audience there at all to any great extent. We sold a few records in a small banana republic called Britain.”... > Read more

GUEST DIRECTOR DAVID TRUEBA from Spain discusses his new film which isn't about John Lennon

GUEST DIRECTOR DAVID TRUEBA from Spain discusses his new film which isn't about John Lennon

The backdrop of my film Living is Easy With Eyes Closed is 1960s Spain. A place full of contradictions, grey, under the control of an authoritative regime, a generation living with... > Read more