My Panda Shall Fly & Will Ward - My Panda Shall Fly & Will Ward EP (XVI Records )
DL (iTunes or Beatport) / EP
Out Now

With a name like My Panda Shall Fly & Will Ward, how you can you not want to at least take a listen. That`s just what Louder Than War`s Paul Scott-Bates did. Here are his thoughts on this self-titled offering.

DJ Suren Seneviratne and Producer Will Ward have teamed up to make a curious little EP.

Opener, British Princess, is a catchy, toe-tapping, hypnotic track. A swirling intro and slow mono tones and that ‘clicky’ drumsound that seems to be popular at the moment (check out Breek), soon moves into a racey ambient track with techno melodies. Tight effects and the occasion ‘boing’ together with a more conventional percussive beat creates an instrumental that will stay in your head for a while. Different noises and effects zoom in and out and keep you more than interested. It’s a good start to the EP, but unfortunately, it’s the highlight for me.

 

At over six and a half minutes, Caves doesn’t really go anywhere for me. I’m not adverse to drone, but this really doesn’t get me. A looped melody with a sampled vocal doesn’t seem to present anything new, or capture my imagination at all. I found myself checking my Twitter timeline whilst it was on. There is, however, an interesting drumbeat – but apart from that, sorry.

Giant Shoe is on the similar line to Caves. It starts off encouragingly but stays there for the most part. As a soundtrack it would probably suit better but as a standalone track it’s just not cohesive enough. Interestingly, the net finds you a video made by Suren which contains stock photos of planets and space travel, and, to be fair, this suits the track much more.

The promise is there and I’d like to think that My Panda Shall Fly is capable of much much more. If the intention of this EP is to be a relaxing affair, then it succeeds, but don’t expect to be swept away.

You can find My Panda Shall Fly on Facebook and twitter. They also have a Soundcloud page you can check out.

All words by Paul Scott-Bates, more writing by Paul Scott-Bates on Louder Than War can be found here.

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