We are pampa
photos by Mark Henesy and Rich Zollner Photography
In the Flatlands
Their debut album, out 08/18/2017
"Over the last few years, Pampa has played stages and festivals across Seattle, earning veteran status despite having no recorded material. Now the quintet introduces "In the Flatlands" their debut LP, a mesmerizing mix of elegantly entwined guitars, dramatically unfolding compositions and Moon Baillie's poignant vocals, sung in English and Spanish. "In the Flatlands" picks up the tradition of moody Northwest angst and embellishes it with Moon Baillie's well-traveled, world-weary perspective. These 9 songs are simultaneously classic and of-the-moment, beautiful and stormy, presenting time-tested rock n roll through a fresh, expansive perspective"
"With "In the Flatlands" the group has found their voice. The members of the band have developed an extrasensory understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, a mind-meld that finds them enhancing the song ideas with depth and nuance. The album's lead single, "The Battery is the Lullaby" meanders gently at first, Moon Baillie's and Kerrick Olson's guitars swaying while Nate Rogers' keys chime delicately in the background before launching into a gorgeous crescendo—particularly pretty for a breakup song. "OK OK" finds the band applying luscious sparkle to one of Moon Baillie's earliest demos (and playing harmonica through a Leslie speaker, courtesy producer Johnny Goss). Bassist John Carlson and drummer Steve Lykken drive "Dancing Slow" with a languid but insistent rhythm, its heart-swelling tension perhaps the clearest example of Pampa's haunting power. Sung in Spanish, "Entre Balas y Batman"—"Between Bullets and Batman"—closes out the album with a barn-burning demonstration of the band's compelling balance of restraint and ferocity"
"Moon Baillie insists that singing in Spanish is not about separating English speakers from Spanish speakers but rather bringing everyone together in the music. It's about conveying emotion, universal and straightforward. "In the Flatlands" articulates that desire for unity, for belonging. Listen closely and you'll recognize the DNA of Northwest rock in all its energy and intelligence. You'll also hear a band willing to defy convention, to embrace a singular and defiant point of view. Which, come to think of it, is as Northwest as you can get"
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News & Updates
PAMPA releases Video for "the battery is the lullaby" from the upcoming vinyl "in the flatlands"
June 14th 2017, Seattle, Washington.
PAMPA is gearing up for their upcoming LP "In the Flatlands" with the release of a video for "The Battery is the Lullaby"
"Our interest in Lalo Lema came from a few videos he did with the tango quintet Quinteto Finisterre in Buenos Aires Argentina. The videos told a story, and the story was very true to the mood of the song. "The Battery is the Lullaby" is a very moody song. Full of spaces, and textures, it seemed to fit perfect with film" - Moon Baillie
The video was shot in Buenos Aires, Argentina (a very moody city itself) between January and March 2017. The script was written by Lalo, with a little help from Moon Baillie. The actors are Sebastian Pau and Romina Tryskier.
We'd like to thank Ulises Conti for facilitating Lou's vinyl.