Moving Panoramas make dream rock from Austin, Texas but it all began in Brooklyn, where songwriter Leslie Sisson lived while playing in a number of touring bands. She came back to her home state of Texas to be closer to her family after navigating through a series of life-changing events. This led to an array of songs that shaped the birth of the band. The debut LP One, released on Modern Outsider Records in 2015, conjured a wave of dream gaze and international acclaim. Houston Press calls Moving Panoramas “The best band in Texas right now.” The Austin Chronicle describes them as, “Conjuring a big yet intimate sound reminiscent of Nineties output from Brit indie 4AD.” PopMatters compares the music to Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and The Aislers Set saying, “Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album One. BrooklynVegan says, “Austin’s Moving Panoramas make hazy psych-pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground.”
As life would have it, unexpected roadblocks arose during the production of the sophomore album, with health hiccups and timing twists causing release detours. Fortunately, the finish line has been crossed and the new LP, In Two, recorded with One engineer Louie Lino at Resonate in Austin and mixed by Danny Reisch at Good Danny’s in Lockhart, finally takes flight in February 2019.
Moving Panoramas break the shell of One veritably In Two with the new record, expanding room for more diversity, rhythm, volume, instrumentation such as the swimmy pedal steel, plus special guests Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, Sabrina Ellis of A Giant Dog/Sweet Spirit, and past Panoramas Karen Skloss, Jolie Flink, and Laura Colwell. Over the years, the band’s lineup featured a moving cast of magical busy talent, but has luckily landed on the incredibly solid current Baby Blues crew with Cara Tillman, Jordan Rivell, Jody Suarez, and Phil McJunkins.
Additionally, Leslie plays solo and leads a country band called The Rated Exes with some of the Panoramas crew. Her history includes time in The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA, Western Keys, Black Lipstick, Black Forest Fire, Pavo, Aero Wave, and Tanworth-in-Arden, with guest performances for American Analog Set, Windsor for the Derby, Rhythm of Black Lines, Mark Gardener of Ride, Dan Mangan, John Wesley Coleman, and Broken Social Scene. She also toured as crew for Vampire Weekend, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and Sons and Daughters.
Historically, Rozie Castoe, Karen Skloss, Geena Spigarelli, Ryan Fitzgibbon, Rachel Fuhrer, Jolie Flink of Mean Jolene, and Laura Colwell of Sun June have gracefully filled the musical chairs ofPanoramas past, each with impressive personal priorities taking precedence allowing these insanely gifted stars to shine in their own skies. They are still part of the Panoramas universe, and many even contributed to In Two. Moving Panoramas have always been and will always be all loving musicians. The end. Credits roll.
Photo by Mike Manewitz