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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Promising Local Outfit Pancho-San Lets Its Psych-Folk Horses Run Free in "Kick the Fences Down"

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Pancho-san is a newish Bay Area band consisting of former Beulah and Rogue Wave members Patrick Abernethy, Eli Crews, and Pat Spurgeon. With a pedigree like that -- Beulah was ludicrously good, and Crews also helped record and mix tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l (along with many other good records) at his Oakland studio -- you'd be right to expect something interesting from these three.

Well, here it is: a new video for "Kick the Fences Down," a slowly-building psych-folk wander of a song whose subtle melancholy betrays a well-honed sense of songcraft. The music itself is a like a bank of storm clouds seen in time-lapse -- subtly shifting, revealing dramatic textures and contrasts as different instruments arrive to complement the cycle through its acoustic chords. The video mixes footage of Abernethy mysteriously wandering among bare hills with old clips of nature footage and wild horses running. It's a promising video debut from this local group, whose self-released debut album, Oh, Mellow Melody, you can stream after the jump.

Pancho-san "Kick The Fences Down" from Jim Granato on Vimeo.

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