Celestial Danish-US duo Moon Panda have today released their debut album ‘What On Earth’ along with focus single ‘Anemone’. The band will head out on a headline UK tour this May, following their debut at SXSW this month.
‘What on Earth’ has seen Gutav Moltke and Maddy Myers receive acclaim across the board for their whimsical and transcendental guitar pop, straddling the lines of dream pop, trip hop and psychedelia. With pick up from The Independent, Dork, CLASH, Gigwise, London In Stereo and The New Cue, MOJO praised the record’s transportative nature saying “their calming, meticulously stylised sound often has that snowfall quality…Myers pushing through the wardrobe to Narnia on ‘Slow Drive’, and a sweetly tranquillising presence on icy, slowcore opener ‘Falling’”. Loud & Quiet’s 8/10 glowing write up called the record “a curiously addictive debut”.
Amplifying the other-worldly quality to their music, Moon Panda have been pairing their singles from the album with incredible animated videos with acclaimed artists including Simona Mehandzhieva (watch here) and Andrew Khosravani (watch here), with Moltke even animating the video for ‘Falling’ himself. IT’S NICE THAT featured their collaboration with Mehandzhieva, saying “with the demonic characters and intensely saturated world, the animation sits somewhere in the same universe as Polly Nor and Adventure Time, with a dialled up use of striking graphics throughout.”
‘What On Earth’ from Moon Panda lulls you into their entrancing and dynamic dream pop universe. Speaking about the album Maddy says “Writing this whole album was basically a tool for self-soothing all of our anxious minds. This time it felt monumental, maybe because the entire world was going through something together.”
Following the release of ‘Pastel Pool’ in 2019, Moon Panda signed to legendary British label Fierce Panda for their second EP ‘Make Well’ in 2020. The release earned critical acclaim for it’s luscious, blissed out vibes across grooving bass lines with BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne declaring ‘Slow Drive’ her “favourite track of the year so far…top of the pile for me.”
As the love from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and radio stations across the globe grew, Moon Panda realised they were accidentally indulging in a spot of public service broadcasting: as the streaming figures multiplied, so did the messages of thanks from the lockdowned masses across the globe who were using the duos’ music to transport themselves out of their locked down discomfort zones. ‘Slow Drive’ was featured in episode 5 of CBS Studios’ ‘The Republic Of Sarah’, which was broadcast on North American TV channel The CW in July 2021. Having notable shows supporting The Japanese House, Slow Club and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Moon Panda have toured throughout the UK and Denmark, and will be playing the legendary SXSW this year before their UK headline tour in May.
Moon Panda 2022 tour dates:
6th May | Bobiks | Newcastle, UK
7th May | Focus Wales Festival | Wrexham, UK
8th May | The Crofters Rights | Bristol, UK
10th May | OSLO Hackney | London, UK