Pan Astral - I Won’t Be Long
Dreamy single came with a letter from Denver’s Gabriel Otto:
Thank you for writing such an unabashedly fanatical blog devoted to exposing the personalities of the artists you feature. I’d like to share my band, Pan Astral, with you in the hope that you find something of interest amongst my meanderings.
Over the last four years, Pan Astral evolved from a two-kids-in-a-basement experiment crossing drum and bass with indie rock into a live act (complete with, yes, a real drummer) in Denver, Colorado. When we started out, I decided that half of the songs we made would be simultaneously created with a mixed media art piece. The songs and works of art didn’t necessarily reflect each other; it was just an excercise that forced me to keep up with my art since music had begun to take up all of my time. I actually hadn’t shown my work in over four years, and I had conceded that my days as a visual artist were probably over. Still, I was burdened by the need to make art.
When the first album was released, Ryan and I decided to attach each single to its respective art piece, augmented with past works for the songs I’d skipped. It was great to hear back from someone in Moscow or New York about how they loved seeing the art pop up onto their screen when one of Pan Astral’s songs was played. It dawned on me that I had inadvertently created a virtual gallery where people could see my art!
Now, working with a full band of four musicians, each song is a culmination of creative input from all sides, which means we are working more methodically on each single. This gives me the time to contemplate an art piece for every single song. The layers of synth pads, guitars, drums and electronic noise have begun to reflect the layers of paper, ink, paint and found objects in each art piece and their execution have become nearly identical in methodology. For me, the processes of creating both music and art have become inextricably connected.
Our newest song, ‘I Won’t Be Long”, was made alongside a 35”x29” collage of Crazy Horse leading a horse. It is a hopeful, unrequited love song, which I suppose is how I feel when imagining Native American heroes like him.
The single we are featuring called ‘I Won’t Be Long’ will be released on Valentine’s Day (2/14). We are scheduled to headline Artopia at midnight at City Hall Amphitheater in Denver, CO on 2/22.
Thank you for considering our music and art, Mark. I hope you find it appropriate for your blog.
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