“SONG FOR EWE”
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Brooklyn based folk singer/songwriter who goes by the name of Panteon. Real name Yvonne Ambrée, she used to be one half of the duo Take Berlin and as a solo artist and solo has toured the world with the likes of Sleigh Bells, Lulu Gainsbourg, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and legendary soul singers, such as Syl Johnson, Ann Sexton and Gwen McCrae. As Panteon she’s set to release her debut EP “Travel Log 1” on 19th January, so we’re glad to get in early for a “song for ewe” with Panteon!
With the EP mixed by Canadian producer Howie Beck (Feist, Jamie Lidell, Chilly Gonzales), and using musicians like Snarky Puppy’s Jay Jennings on flugelhorn (gotta love a flugelhorn!) and bass player Grant Zubritsky (Chet Faker/Nick Murphy, MS MR), the six tracks talk about “identity and discovery” and cover disparate territories ranging from the indigenous Kogi civilisation of Colombia, the windswept Atlantic coastline of western Ireland and a life in “isolation and rebellion in upstate NY”. It’s an enthralling sonic journey into the wilderness. Here’s a taster from “Travel Log 1” – “White Jaguar”, which strangely sounds like it could also be a great Bond theme, like “You Only Live Twice” mixed with Lykke Li or Groove Armada.
Given her worldliness (and indeed other-wordliness) it’s no surprise to find that Yvonne has chosen an exotic “song for ewe”, so without further ado…
“I’ve always been a fan of Camarón and flamenco music in general. There is something about the singing style and rhythm that always feels urgent and somehow from deep within – like a stranger crying in front of you – It makes you feel uncomfortable but also gives you the feeling of witnessing something more personal that maybe even a long conversation.
This song in particular is such a great track – the melody is all over the place and Camarón sings/screams his heart out. Best bass line ever and the two guys are killing it on the acoustic guitars.
When you think it can’t get any better the pianist is just sliding over the keys like a madman. Everything is so on point plus the lyrics sound like the best lucid dream you are about to experience – Camarón was definitely the spanish flamenco rock-hero of the late 70’s …and who could not love a guy with just the perfect hair ever ( and always).”
THANKS TO YVONNE AND TO RACHEL ROSSEN (TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS PR)
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