With their sophomore release, Pancho-san brings back their jangly and ethereal textured sound, but this time adding more synthesizers and pop elements. The new album is called “Americans”, and will be released on Sept. 18th.
Pancho-san is the monicker for the band led by songwriter Patrick Abernethy (formerly of Beulah, and Rogue Wave). For Americans, he enlisted the help of his old bandmates Pat Spurgeon (of Rogue Wave) and Eli Crews (of Beulah, and tUnE-yArDs producer).
The folkier sounds of their first album (Oh, Mellow Melody) have given way to a wider range of influences - spanning from Roy Orbison to Brazilian pop; to 80’s and 90’s art rock. Lyrically, the themes have also made a shift towards a dreamy romance, but also into the more existential. Though the opening track, “Americans Can’t Be Romantic”, could at first sound disarmingly earnest (or even tongue-in-cheek) it is also operating on another level. The song is asking deeper questions about living, and loving in the context of our national politics, and an evolving American identity.