We proudly present Barbara Panther’s self titled debut album. Produced by no other than renowned house music maestro Matthew Herbert it is crossing boundaries of musical style innovatively and effortlessly, and the result is a journey through vibrant soundscapes, frenetic arrangements interspersed with moments of beautiful melancholy. The album creates compelling sonic landscapes, designed to generate vivid images in the listener’s mind.
Panther’s debut was produced by no other than Matthew Herbert, renowned house music maestro, also known as Radio Boy and Doctor Rockit. Having produced both Róisín Murphy’s and The Invisible’s debut albums, he has also worked with artists as diverse as Björk, R.E.M. and Yoko Ono. Together, Panther and Herbert create compelling sonic landscapes, designed to generate vivid images in the listener´s mind. “Matthew had the idea of throwing real chains against an electric heater which, in ‘Rise Up’, conveys the feeling of living in a prison in this world. However, the song ‘O’Captain’ communicates a very physical atmosphere as it gives the impression of being on the sea, literally feeling the wind on board”.
Despite the depth of lyrical meaning, the 12 tracks on Barbara Panther also allow room for all sorts of interpretation. Panther’s energetic and eclectic vocals blend elements of pop, rap and soul music, also incorporating an opera flavour on the track ‘Rollercoaster’. The latter song is full of skilfully arranged stylistic contrasts, combining a big band with playful synth and operatic vocals. Considering her offbeat style and the air of mystery surrounding Panther, it comes as no surprise that she has already been compared to the likes of Grace Jones and Bjork.
The singer’s futuristic, outstanding melodies and style are implemented into honest and passionate live performances, seeing Panther set her vocal stylings and expressive movements to visuals. To mark the occasion of the release of her debut EP ‘Empire’ on the same day, she played a one-off show on the City Slang stage at the Berlin Festival, accompanied by a five-strong live band of cellos, violins and trumpet, and is set to bring a little more of her own brand of voodoo to the stage in 2011!
Directed by Woof Wan-Bau, this video by the incomparable new addition to 2010’s music scene Barbara Panther is hectic,
Directed by Woof Wan-Bau, this video by the incomparable new addition to 2010’s music scene Barbara Panther is hectic, visually poetic, intense, and memorable. Think Bjork, to Sade, to Fever Ray, to something else you haven’t imagined yet and you’re almost there.
Barbara is also supporting Caribou on his tour in november and playing at berlin festival next friday:
Dec 04, 10 AT Vienna - Fluc*
Sep 10, 10 GER Berlin - Berlin Festival
Nov 08, 10 GER Munich - Feierwerk*
Nov 14, 10 GER Leipzig - Central Theater*
Nov 15, 10 GER Hamburg - Uebel & Gefaehrlich*
Nov 16, 10 GER Heidelberg - Enjoy Jazz Festival*
Nov 29, 10 GER Cologne - Gloria*
Dec 05, 10 GER Frankfurt - Mousonturm*
*Electronic Beats Recommends CARIBOU live
Barbara Panther's new EP, Empire, a collaboration with house legend Matthew Herbert, will blow you away...
Barbara Panther's new EP, Empire, a collaboration with house legend Matthew Herbert, will blow you away... composed of unique soundscapes combining Herbert's signature production style and Panther's unforgettable voice, the EP blends musical influences and crosses boundaries of musical style innovatively and effortlessly.
Rwandan born Panther grew up in Brussels, Belgium, before moving to Berlin five years ago, where she has now made her home. The singer explains: “I'm intrigued by the universe, water and the moon, and their interdependencies which you can notice on the record’s sound and theme”. In addition to her strong spiritual interest in Mother Earth, Panther touches on themes such as existence in ‘Moonlight People’ and ‘O´Captain’, ethnicity on ‘Rise Up’ and religion on her first single ‘Empire’.
See the FACT magazine feature here for more on the new release, and a stream of the full EP...