|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
|Summer camp is where all the young lovebirds come to flock and chatter, hoping to make connections under a blistery sun. Some find their first kiss under the moonlight here, while others find heartbreaks and petty fights. Whatever the reason may be, all teenagers seem to plant their fondest memories at summer camps, hoping to revisit those items of nostalgia at a later time.
Her Space Holiday’s XOXO Panda and the New Kid Revival is guaranteed to rush you back to those sunny, adolescent days. Marc Bianchi has traded in his electronics and computers for an acoustic guitar, and he slinks away from his sad overtones to get some happy chants and sing-alongs flowing. Every young soul can find his or her memory of love and loss in his excellent lyrics; “Sleepy Tigers” is just one of the handful of tracks that display his work with wordplay and cute love. Yet no matter what the subject, every song is reminiscent of the uppity tunes one would sing and clap to at a camp circle. The album is ideal for a lazy afternoon, if you’re into the idea of swaying and sprawling on a perfect green lawn.
Bianchi officially has created a range of music for any type of music adventurer to enjoy. XOXO Panda does lack the versatility that The Young Machines has exemplified for many of his electronic-loving fans, but it’s become another facet of the musical spectrum that Her Space Holiday has locked down. - Idio Magazine