PAN­THER

14 Kt God Kill Rock Stars

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Port­land, Ore­gon creative lap­top ma­nip­u­la­tor and one-man band Char­lie Salas-Hu­mara has al­ways known about the funk. On 14 Kt God, it comes thick and fast, but there’s a new twist to the sound. That’s down to the num­ber of per­son­nel on board, dou­bling be­tween Pan­ther’s Se­cret Lawns de­but and the new album. Bring­ing one-time math-rock drum­mer Joe Kelly into the fold has al­lowed Salas-Hu­mara to plough new grooves that tether a tough­ness and taut­ness to the sound. In­stead of twitches and glitches, Pan­ther now ooze rhyth­mic con­fi­dence. Tracks like Vi­o­lence, Di­a­monds and Puerto Ri­can Juke­box are fo­cused and tight, with Kelly’s per­cus­sive sweet­ness and strength keep­ing Salas-Hu­mara’s in­cli­na­tion to doo­dle in check. It’s not the fin­ished prod­uct, but it means you’ll prob­a­bly pay much more at­ten­tion to their next strike. www.mys­pace.com/pan­ther­touch Down­load tracks: What You Hear, Puerto Ri­can Juke­box

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