November 10 2017
"Anchored by the four-four. Feet pedalling, shoulders loose and a smile so wide it hurts. In the eye of a technicolor storm of your own making, a grinning chameleon glows neon. The chameleon cracks, splits in two in front of you. Chasing its shards for answers you already have, you split in two, in four, into a thousand fragments and your impossibly and perfectly fractured self seeks out the far corners of the galaxy. A voice drags you back into a whole. You go deeper."
Today, pioneering electronic dance act PNAU unveil their fifth studio album, Changa. Released via etcetc, Changa brings back dancefloor glory with moments of rave euphoria, featuring 2016's anthemic "Chameleon", recent cuts "Go Bang", "Into The Sky", "Young Melody" and "Control Your Body", alongside six unheard tracks.
A truly powerful album with influences ranging from 60s disco to 90s rave and jungle, Changa pays homage to the rave spirit in PNAU from which they emerged from, described by Nick as "our last hurrah to the dance floor". The trio's shape-shifting versatility shines through with turbulent waves of funk, distorted soundscapes, blissful vocals and contagious melodies. Each track boasts traditional pop sensibilities, only to be punctuated by PNAU's infectious creativity.
Five years in the making & this week's Triple J Feature Album, Changa is characterised by moments of pure dance floor joy. Kira Divine, a New Yorker of Guyanese heritage, lends her transcending vocals to the profound PNAU experience throughout. Described by the band as "a kind of conduit", founding member Nick Littlemore filters his vocal through Kira's energetic aura, alongside guest collaborators including Vera Blue.
Now consisting of Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and Sam Littlemore, PNAU have been the musical expression of the glorious cluster that is youth since their 1999 ARIA Awarded debut album Sambanovaand their 2007 self-titled album, the latter cementing their place as one of the strongest forces in the world's electronic music scene. Changa follows on from 2012's Good Morning To The Night, which was produced in collaboration with Sir Elton Johnand debuted at #1 in the U.K. album charts as well as Australia's Top 5. Last year's spiritually anchored single "Chameleon", warmed crowds instantly, becoming a festival favourite and dance floor anthem. Picking up #11 position in the 2016 triple jHottest 100, a #1 Australian Artist Single and #1 Hot 100 airplay chart, "Chameleon" has since amassed 35 million combined streams, has been nominated for two ARIAs and is a triple platinum selling single.
18 years on from their inception, PNAU maintain their reputation as one of "Australia's Best Festival Acts" (InTheMix) - a testament to their timeless music and prolific nature. The group are set to play the 2017 ARIA Awards this month, followed by Beyond the Valley, Sydney's Harbour Party this New Year's Eve & more. Audiences from across the globe can win a chance to see PNAU live on NYE by creating a Spotify playlist of handpicked PNAU tracks they'd most like to hear in their Harbour Party set, as part of their Go Bang With PNAU competition. The winner will receive 2x VIP Harbour Party tickets, flights and accommodation to experience NYE on Sydney Harbour with PNAU.
Crowds can prepare for a spectacular performance as PNAU bring their most diversifying and fierce album to life. Dedicating half a decade to jettisoning an entire album's worth of tunes in pursuit of perfection, PNAU's Changa has arrived.