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Panda Riot Climb 'Black Pyramids' On New Single

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 17, 2013 6:00PM


Chicago quartet Panda Riot's 2010 effort Far And Near was a compact showcase of an emerging group's considerable songwriting shoegaze talents. Since then, the group has retooled its lineup some, released a smattering of new material, and recorded a full-length album called Northern Automatic Music. Northern's first single, "Black Pyramids," was recently released, and it sounds like a dream-pop Built To Spill, with Panda Riot vocalist Rebecca Scott engaging in a sing-songy sing-speak not unlike Doug Martsch. Panda Riot's mix of guitars both jangly and fuzzy recall My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and Built To Spill's Keep It Like A Secret. Listen for yourself below. Northern Automatic Music sees release on February 19 on Saint Marie Records.