Moving Panoramas: “Radar”

The biggest musical influence for the members of Austin’s Moving Panoramas is simplicity. Their recent My KUTX playlist was filled with bands like Low, the American Analog Set, and Bedhead, groups that can conjure immersive worlds with just a few chords and a steady beat. Those are the key ingredients on their debut One, out October 2 via Modern Outsider, and the band nails it right out of the gate. “One” has been on constant repeat since I heard it back in March, thanks to its exploratory guitar work and Zen-like lyrics.

Dislocation and communication are the main lyrical concerns on One, only enhanced by the band’s timeless merging of ’60s girl-group sweetness with ’80s chilliness. The lonely signals beamed out on “Radar” only get engulfed by reverb, which acts like both a dramatic foil and a fourth member in the band. Time and again, Moving Panoramas prove that even the smallest of movements can make the biggest of ripples. Download the song below and find more Artist of the Month features here.

–Art Levy

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