You might be sensing a theme with today’s posts. It could be that both tracks are somewhat dreamy and I’m a sucker for dreamy melodies and washed out instrumentals. Brooklyn-based indie folk singer, Panteon (Yvonne Ambree) has shared the video to the dreamy “White Jaguar.” Being a fan of cats and sleep inducing visuals has been a passion of mine and therefore, I approve of both. “White Jaguar” is taken from Panteon’s debut EP Travel Log 1 which will be released on January 19th.
An accomplished vocalist, songwriter and musician, Ambrée has traveled the world touring and working with a wide range of artists, such as Sleigh Bells, Little Boots, Lulu Gainsbourg, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and legendary soul singers, such as Syl Johnson, Ann Sexton and Gwen McCrae. She is also one-half of the critically acclaimed duo Take Berlin (who’s debut EP, Lionize, was named “Top 10 Ep’s of 2013” by The Huffington Post, UK).
Recorded in Berlin, Brooklyn (Crown Heights, Bunker Studios) and the legendary Sear Sound in Manhattan (John Lennon, David Bowie, Fleet Foxes), Panteon’s impeccably composed brand of folk-pop showcases masterful storytelling marked by striking melodies. Mixed by Canadian producer Howie Beck (Feist, Jamie Lidell, Chilly Gonzales), Ambrée’s sonic precision was paramount while building the EP. Ambrée enlisted some of NY’s most notable session musicians, including Snarky Puppy’s Jay Jennings on flugelhorn (“Ballyvaughan”) and bass player Grant Zubritsky (Chet Faker/Nick Murphy, MS MR) on “White Jaguar.”
The six tracks – four songs and two interludes – weave narratives of identity and discovery. “January Keeper” began while walking over the Charles Bridge in Prague and was recorded in Berlin while in temporary exile from the US. “White Jaguar” is an ode to the Kogi of Colombia, an indigenous civilization, who still live the same way they did 400 years ago, and consider themselves as the guardians of the earth. “Ballyvaughan” evokes the rugged natural terrain of western Ireland, rocky with the unyielding presence of the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, “Hudson” describes a life in isolation and rebellion in upstate NY.