Warmth, nostalgia and melody: that’s the sound of Panama. Jarrah McLeary marks his long awaited return with the triumphant, “Hope For Something” – premiered by Pigeons & Planes. It’s the first single and title track from Panama’s upcoming EP of the same name, due for release June 23. The five-track EP is full of his richest, most moving work yet and is available for pre-order now.
“It’s about a battle with yourself. This song was a bit like therapy for me as it helped me resolve some things I had been holding on to for a very long time. Writing is, was like self-talk.”
– Panama singer/songerwriter, Jarrah McCleary
Jarrah McCleary’s confessional song writing, the piece was written about his personal demons, and features a melody that soars, stadium-sized vocals and Panama’s trademark crescendos. With a blend of both live and electronic sounds, it’s a result that shows McCleary is at his most energising.
The touch of personal lyrics to Panama’s music has been a common theme since their 2013 breakout with their ALWAYS EP, which to date has accumulated over 30 million streams between Spotify and SoundCloud, earned a place in key Australian tastemaker triple j’s Hottest 100, and received airplay on the UK’s BBC Radio 1. In the years following, Panama released the fan favorites “Stay Forever” and “Jungle”, which added to their success, allowing them to embark on US and European tours (the latter of which included Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and a sold out headline show in London).
Keep your ears open and eyes peeled for more from Panama this year, as it’s shaping up to be a busy one.