As a self-proclaimed knower of nothing, I can’t say I know anything about music. Yes, of course, I have musical experience. Three years of bass lessons at the local Guitar Villa, one and a half years of baritone, and several years of voice lessons and music theory classes, yet I still have no ground to stand on when analyzing music. But here I am, writing an album review of local band Pan Arcadia’s debut album, aptly named Pan Arcadia.
The 15-song album has taken over my Spotify stats and satiated my ADHD’s knack for hyperfixation. In neurotypical terms, it’s an amazing album that will keep you on your toes from start to end. Comprised of fan favorites, the album has an alluring draw into a new sound for many listeners. Songs range from slow ballad-inspired numbers to high-intensity, pee-your-pants bangers. “Zoe” is a standout for me. I’ve always been a lover of a slower and more powerful song, and that’s exactly what is received. Something about that song makes me feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience in the best way possible. I’m a woman of very few coherent opinions, so just take my word for it. Headphones in, volume all the way up, eyes closed. Brain turned off and simply enjoy. “You Are Who You Remain” is also one of those songs that feels impossible to describe. While sitting here writing this and listening to the album in the background, I can only think of one thing. Any song that can use the word “mojo” without making me think of Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls is going to make its way onto my list of favorites (I’m a sucker for silly words). The song in and of itself is an absolute joy to listen to and is most likely to be my most recommended song to those who want to dive into Pan Arcadia.
The album as a whole has an aura of nostalgia to me. The sound and structure are wholly reminiscent of the music I listened to with my brother when we were younger. “Prelude” exudes the same vibes as Blink-182’s “The Fallen Interlude” from their self-titled album; a short respite from the chaos surrounding it and a moment to breathe. Pan Arcadia’s sound is obviously influenced by classics like The Ramones, The Strokes, and other alternative rock inspirations, all of which pave the way to their own personal sound. Their layering and balance of rhythm, melody, and trumpet (shoutout jbrewz) are absolutely mesmerizing.
I don’t think I have the words to describe the utter joy that this album brings when it gets thrown on in our dorm room. Something about it just makes everyone in the room start moving, a feat in and of itself.
If you can see Pan Arcadia live, I would highly recommend it. Their stage presence brings a whole new layer to their music and is honestly just pure fun. I’ve been to my fair share of concerts, and I’ve never had as much fun as I did at The Mercury Lounge with them. You can check out their Instagram here and stay up to date about new drops or upcoming shows and grab some merchandise (big fan of the bottle opener and lighter hybrid).
You can also check out their album on Spotify or on Apple Music. (I call that range ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary friends). Give it a listen and a feel. I can promise it’ll change something and scratch that itch in your brain.