Stream Moving Panoramas Sophomore Album IN TWO at The Big Takeover, New Album Out This Friday
Moving Panoramas' anticipated sophomore album In Two will be released this Friday via Modern Outsider (pre-order). In anticipation of the upcoming release the album is streaming in full at The Big Takeover. About the album The Big Takeover says, "Spacey but not alienating, loud yet still light, painting expansive and vivid vistas of sound against a sweepingly dynamic and melodic backdrop, Moving Panoramas make captivating dream rock from Austin, Texas...Sky-wide sonics, propulsive tempos, kinetic rhythms, sweet, heathery vocals, and a shadowy Western plains atmosphere move through the LP. The instrumentation creates a rich and textured picture that is accentuated by the warm and beguiling vocals." Additonally Moving Panoramas' Leslie Sisson spoke with The Austin Chronicle about the trauma and tragedy that that inspired many of the songs featured on In Two. Read the full article HERE.
Moving Panoramas have an Austin record release show coming up on February 22 at Barracuda (tickets). The band will also be performing at this year's SXSW Music Festival including set at the Modern Outsider showcase, Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One Showcase and KOOP Radio Showcase. A list of updated shows can be found at Moving Panoramas website.
Earlier this month the band released "In Tune" from the forthcoming release. The track which features Matthew Caws from Nada Surf premiered at PopMatters and can also be shared atSoundcloud. About the song PopMatters says,"'In Tune,' proves that comparisons to Dum Dum Girls,Best Coast, and the 4AD imprint during the 1990s haven't been off the mark. But the single further establishes songwriter Leslie Sisson's formidable powers for creating riveting narrative tension across a hook-laden track that provides the perfect balance of introspection and uplift. Fans of shoegaze and the poppier turns of the Cure will no doubt celebrate this single as a new favorite."
Moving Panoramas make dream rock from Austin, Texas but it all began in Brooklyn, where songwriter Leslie Sisson lived while playing in a number of touring bands. She came back to her home state of Texas to be closer to her family after navigating through a series of life-changing events. This led to an array of songs that shaped the birth of the band. The debut LP One, released on Modern Outsider Records in 2015, conjured a wave of dream gaze and international acclaim. Houston Press calls Moving Panoramas "The best band in Texas right now." The Austin Chronicle describes them as, "Conjuring a big yet intimate sound reminiscent of Nineties output from Brit indie 4AD." PopMatters compares the music to Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and The Aislers Set saying, "Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album One. BrooklynVegan says, "Austin's Moving Panoramas make hazy psych-pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground."
As life would have it, unexpected roadblocks arose during production of the sophomore album, with health hiccups and timing twists causing release detours. Fortunately, the finish line has been crossed and the new LP, In Two, recorded with One engineer Louie Lino at Resonate in Austin and mixed by Danny Reisch at Good Danny's in Lockhart, finally takes flight in February 2019.
Moving Panoramas break the shell of One veritably In Two with the new record, expanding room for more diversity, rhythm, volume, instrumentation such as the swimmy pedal steel, plus special guestsMatthew Caws of Nada Surf, Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog/Sweet Spirit, and past Panoramas Karen Skloss, Jolie Flink, and Laura Colwell. Over the years, the band's lineup featured a moving cast of magical busy talent, but has luckily landed on the incredibly solid current Baby Blues crew withCara Tillman, Rozie Castoe, Jordan Rivell, Jody Suarez, and Phil McJunkins.
Additionally, Leslie plays solo and leads a country band called The Rated Exes with some of the Panoramas crew. Her history includes time in The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA, Western Keys, Black Lipstick, Black Forest Fire, Pavo, Aero Wave, and Tanworth-in-Arden, with guest performances for American Analog Set, Windsor for the Derby, Rhythm of Black Lines, Mark Gardener of Ride, Dan Mangan, John Wesley Coleman, and Broken Social Scene. She also toured as crew for Vampire Weekend, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and Sons and Daughters.
Historically, Karen Skloss, Geena Spigarelli, Ryan Fitzgibbon, Rachel Fuhrer, Jolie Flink of Mean Jolene, and Laura Colwell of Sun June have gracefully filled the musical chairs of Panoramas past, each with impressive personal priorities taking precedence allowing these insanely gifted stars to shine in their own skies. They are still part of the Panoramas universe, and many even contributed toIn Two. Moving Panoramas have always been and will always be all loving musicians. The end. Credits roll.
Moving Panoramas Tour Dates
02.22 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda (record release show)
03.03 - Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records -Free In-Store
03.07 - Austin, TX @ The Volstead - Leslie Sisson Solo - Hotel Vegas & Volstead Anniversary Party
03.08 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda
03.10 - Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas - Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One Showcase
03.12 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies - SXSW Official Modern Outsider Showcase
03.16 - Austin, TX @ The Belmont - SXSW Official KOOP Radio Showcase
Stream: In Two at The Big Takeover
photo by Shelley Hiam