Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Michael Goldstein
4 out of 5 stars
PANDAFAN – RUNNING WILD
NEW YORK, NY (Tuesday, March 17, 2015) On March 13th, indie-folk band Pandafan presented a performance in the downstairs music lounge of Silvana – the Harlem café and bar on West 116th Street. The group showcased songs from their two albums, Pandafan and Running Wild, the latter album just released in March.
The band dominated the stage once guitarists Vanessa Grasing and Delaney Hafener began to energetically engage with their arsenal of guitars. The band quickly demonstrated a harmonic fusion of vocals, a state of serenity calling upon the nostalgic flow reminiscent of the Sixties.
Once Delany initiated the choral aspect of the performance, I found myself entranced; transported to a time in life where free love was the norm. Within the energy radiating from the band’s flowing lyrics, combined with the guitars, lies a kind of peace you can only find if you’re looking out towards fields of grain and watching them sway in the passing wind.
One of the significant highlights of the night was the melodic sound of Scatter and Hide, an enthusiastically beautiful demonstration of the vocal energy controlled by all three band members. Joining the strings intermittently was Grace Denatale whose chilling control of the violin demonstrates her passion for life.
Pandafan’s performance was a charming journey through the countryside and back home by way of soaring strings. If you find them playing in your area, make it a point to see them. You’ll be glad you did.