It was a wild, wild week for voting. Colombia’s La Chiva Gantiva and Australia’s Shy Panther were neck-and-neck pretty much all week. Tears were shed. Insults hurled. But in the end, it was the trippy indie rock trip-hop jazz psych kids down under who took the crown. Congratulations Shy Panther!
Aussie boys Rhien, Ben, Dan and Michael make up Shy Panther, an indie rock band with hints of refined ambiance and psychedelic twang. Released in July, their debut EP Dozens Cloud Wide features resonating, twinkling trip-hop beats reminiscent of the Sneaker Pimps, all tied down by soulful vocals from frontman Dan Fragomeni. Even jazzy at times, Fragomeni’s range brings you from a mellow groove to soaring, improvised runs a la Jamie Cullum. In their single “Erving,” Shy Panther layers the tones on thick, stacking poetic lyrics on top of spacey synth and treading bass riffs.
Check out ShyPanther’s interview, and enjoy their single “Erving.”