Panxing - Slowmusic
Slowmusic is Copenhagen experimental songwriter and producer, Pernille Zidore Nygaard's (DEAP) second full-length album under the same Panxing, and is released by Anyines, the Danish label and platform which she co-runs.
Traces of domesticity haunt the sound, process and feel of Slowmusic, that has been conceived incoherently over time and finished through the temporalities of lockdown co-parent producing. The album title deals with this blurring or dissolving of time pivotal for the music’s process of becoming. The piano is a recurring element for Panxing and has been the starting point for composing, sometimes played, sometimes programmed and always the closest companion to the journeys of the voice.
While 2017's Anti Gone cassette debut featured vocals that were pitched unrecognisably and blurred in effects, on Slowmusic the voice is front and centre in seven of the album’s eight tracks. The first take vocals stand untreated and raw, speaking and singing clearly and directly into the ears of the listener. While cherishing a spontaneous and unschooled approach to songwriting and composing, each track on Slowmusic delves deeply into particular feelings to do with time: past/present and frozen, to endure time, time as activism and care, interruptions. The album has been recorded in a variety of places from the west coast of Denmark to Portugal. Each track is performed without vanity; drawing the listener up close, with Panxing exploring improvisation as a means to keep the material fresh for herself in the process.
The half speaking/half singing narration sculpts a variety of scenarios and scenes. “What are you pretending not to know? What did I learn today? Who did I love? What made me laugh? If you were dying, would you worry about this?” a vehement vocal asks us on ‘Forbes Jam’ leading thoughts to the double sided focus on entertainment and productivity of the 21st century. But then, on the following track ‘Coexisting’ a tender singing voice calms our unease with the words: “the songs they are good and I want them to come”. And maybe both these vocal sentiments capture the significance of the iconic album title. Slowmusic is the feel.
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- Limited pressing of 100 copies
- Housed in reverse-board jacket
- Includes lyric insert
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