|MH-260 Her Space Holiday - XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival
Putting some space between himself and the computer that has provided the basis for so much of his recent work, Marc Bianchi has taken the last two years to focus on what got him into music in the first place, writing connective songs and working out the layers of sound he hears in his head. The results are a new persona, XOXO, Panda, and the reinforcement of the feelings of personal and artistic freedom that drive his music. Loose and carefree arrangements of guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, shakers, glockenspiel, and drums lay the foundation for vocal storytelling sing-a-longs. XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival is a brilliant calling card for Her Space Holiday’s newly awakened alter-ego, and a watershed moment in his growth as a songwriter and performer.
|Guitar pop songs that are as charming as they are simple - Rolling Stone / That he can switch up styles so frequently and make solid records says something special about Bianchi - Pop Matters / Melodies have that wonderful undefinable quality that makes you want to hear them over and over... Killer indie pop cuts - Babysue
|Mush Records serves up a fresh batch of songs from multi-instrumentalist Marc Bianchi as Her Space Holiday with XOXO, Panda and The New Kid Revival. Evoking hymns from the book of Broken Social Scene, Her Space Holiday deftly crafts solid pop tunes with a nod to basement house parties aimed at the solemn and broken-hearted. All but abandoning beats crafted in the bedroom that defined earlier releases, "XOXO, Panda and Her Space Holiday" quietly whispers in the ears of Modest Mouse fans without diving head first into the gritty reaches of indie-rock recursion. This is a lovely lo-fi album for those early morning trips through the mountains through towns where folk musicians sing and dance to the lonely. - Igloo