Austin-based electronic artist Panjoma present their new single ‘Like Thunder’, a sultry and blissed-out chill song in time for spreading good summer vibes.
Originally created for Willie Oteri and Ricardo Acevedo’s ‘O’Clock’ Italian tour in 2018, there was still missing something. Enter songstress Mary Panjoma, who’s lyrics and vocals tightened the composition into what finally became ‘Like Thunder’, a feel-good ballad about love and lucid dreaming.
This single is a potent taste of goodness from Panjoma’s latest ‘Sun and Moon’ EP. Marking the band’s return to the music scene after an eight-year hiatus, they are back with what they feel is their best work ever. They also recently previewed the singles ‘Sun and Moon’, ‘Free’ and ‘Bleeding Sun’.
Formed in 2006, core members Mary Panjoma (vocals, keyboard, production) and Patrik Nilsson (bass, drum machines, samplers, production) quickly hit it off upon meeting, resulting in a marriage and the birth of Panjoma. Despite their subsequent divorce, Pat and Mary remain committed to their shared musical quest.
The ‘Sun and Moon’ EP follows 2014’s ‘Personacide’ album and 2012’s ‘Panjoma’ album in 2012. These were preceded by the singles ‘Death Mantra’ and ‘Transmit Invocation’, both with videos created by two-time Latin Grammy Award recipient Paul Beck, known for his work with David Byrne, The Calm Blue Sea, and feature films ‘Waking Life’ and ‘A Scanner Darkly’.
An avant-garde darkwave electro femme-pop DMT-jazz band with a funky edge, Panjoma’s sound is as eclectic as their influences, ranging from Bjork, Aphex Twin, Orbital and Squarepusher to Thundercat, Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Daft Punk, Le Chic, Mr. Fingers, Jazzanova and Depeche Mode.
Panjoma combines electronic sound elements with conventional instruments, which they often use in unconventional ways, such as filtered pianos or e-bows on bass, producing their unique sound using a vast array of drum machines, samplers, keyboards, software programs, and synthesizers.
They have also had their fair share of adventures with film, art, soundtracks and sync licensing, having scored the soundtrack for the independent horror film ‘Psympatico’ and been featured in the soundtracks for multiple documentaries, TV shows and video games, including ‘American Drug War’ and ‘How Weed Won The West’ and the beta video game trailer for ‘Otherland’.
Panjoma’s studio and live performance members (past and present) include Ricardo Acevedo (Lost Cat Magnet, O’Clock), Ritchard Napierkowski (The Nimbus, Ritchual, Adoration Destroyed), John Ousely (Construction Paper Records, Cosmic Pets), Richard Evans (Rivers Want) and Chris Alvarez (Saul Williams, John Spencer Blues Explosion).
For over 40 years Ricardo Acevedo / Lost Cat Magnet has written and performed new wave, art electro, techno prog, urban ambient, avant-jazz and Chillout groove music, ranging from the far-out sonic experimentation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the ’60s to the machine-driven meditations of Klaus Schulze and the Berlin School in the ’70s to the conceptualism and imagination of ’90s progressive electronic artists like The Orb.
Willie Oteri has been a professional musician for over 40 years, touring the US, Europe and Japan. His recordings of Progressive Jazz and Beyond have received reviews in Jazz Times, Guitar Player, All About Jazz, Bam Magazine and others worldwide.
The ‘Sun and Moon’ EP’ is out now and is available across digital platforms, including Spotify, Beatport, Apple Music.and Bandcamp.