Lille, France’s Pan Aurora describe their music as “synth pop”, and we couldn’t agree more. To us, this band plays perfect electro/synth-pop music. Recently releasing their EP Ephemeron, AMBY spoke with Pan Aurora about hailing from France, shivers tickling your spine, and hanging out with heroes! Check it out!
AMBY: Hello Pan Aurora, how is everyone?
Pan Aurora: Pretty good, thanks! Well it’s only me here right now so… I supposed the rest of my bandmates are doing fine. How about you Torontonians? ;)
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Pan Aurora: I would simply say “synth pop”… even though our music is interspersed with other influences… dabs of new wave, electro, ambient, jazz… Because we write and play pop music, we wish to extend our audience to a wider niche, rather then just being “indie” or playing “transcendental chillwave” haha!
AMBY: What’s the best part of being in Pan Aurora?
Pan Aurora: The women of course… More seriously, I think there’s some interesting alchemy going on when the 5 of us play music together… feeling shivers tickling your spine while playing is priceless.
AMBY: Digital Bliss is musical bliss! We cannot believe how amazing this song is. What’s the story behind it?
Pan Aurora: Digital Bliss recounts the story of two characters, two “lovers”. It looks like they got to know each other through some digital medium, exchanging pictures, chatting, and built a mock relationship, overlooking the fact that they’re only interested in the reflection of themselves. They finally meet in the real world but the initial thrill is gone… two lonely rocks collide and explode.
I guess the song is about getting to know someone online, but only getting to know an image of that person, his/her digital avatar. There’s a strong hint at the feeling of despair that can drive someone towards such directions.
AMBY: Does hailing from Lille, France have an influence on your music? And if so, how?
Pan Aurora: My writing is very influenced by cities in general; I love the hubbub of the city, the feeling of being lost in a dislocated anthill, its turmoil roaring all around you. Lille is rather small, but very lively. The weather here is awful… Grey, overcast skies hang over Lille most of the time… in contrast with the friendliest people and the most delicious beers on this planet! So definitely, my life here in Lille has always proven inspirational.
AMBY: Speaking of influences, which influences of yours would you love to hang out with for a day?
Pan Aurora: I’d adore hanging out with my two heroes: David Sylvian (from Japan) and Mark Hollis (from Talk Talk). I’d surely be intimidated at first, but we’d have the most insightful talks about art, music and life in general!
AMBY: Your EP Ephemeron will be released on May 12th, how excited is the band for that?!
Pan Aurora: We’re very proud and excited to know what you guys think of this second EP! It shares similarities with Inward (our debut EP) but overall I think you’ll hear that we’ve move to the next chapter of our adventure.
AMBY: What was the best moment you had while recording Ephemeron?
Pan Aurora: Time in the studio can be tedious but the recording of Ephemeron went rather smoothly. Most of it was recorded in the cosy atmosphere of our apartment in Lille… Sweet times in hindsight, spent recording with your bandmates.
AMBY: What’s your favourite song of the year so far?
Pan Aurora: James Blake – Overgrown
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Pan Aurora: I wonder how the world will greet our Ephemeron… I’ve started writing new songs lately, which I can’t wait to share with the band!
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Pan Aurora that nobody knows yet?
Pan Aurora: Tough one.
Our third EP or first LP will be called “Neon Noir”.
Thank you for your support and interest AMBY!!
Thank you Pan Aurora, for giving us your answers!
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