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New Music From Panama

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Panama’s brand new HOPE FOR SOMETHING EP is arguably singer-songwriter Jarrah McCleary’s richest and most moving work yet. A 5-track journey of confessional story-telling that navigates turmoil and peace; his latest work is warm, nostalgic, and rich. McCleary sings, writes, produces and plays on the record, beautifully blending live and electronic sounds that equip him with a musical palette to paint each and every element; from writing at the piano to the ultimate last touch in the studio.

Panama’s second single from the EP, “Undertow”, marks the passing of a loved one and the onerous feeling of trying to hold onto them despite them being gone. It’s a floating, dreamy journey underpinned by driving drums, clambering synths, and harmonious hooks that give it a stirring, anthemic quality.

“Undertow” follows the EP title track “Hope For Something”, a song about a battle with yourself, and proved therapeutic for McCleary. Unsurprisingly, since its release, the message has resonated far and wide. The track was premiered by Pigeons & Planes and Milk, and since release in late April has clocked over 1 million streams, hit #1 on Hype Machine and landed itself in Spotify Viral Charts across Australia, NZ, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Ireland.

Throughout the rest of the EP, McCleary touches on the complexities of relationships, communication and deeply missing the one you love, each song drawing from his personal stories.

The lyrics are real and the emotion can be thick, to the point where I struggled with some of the songs because of how naked they are to me. The positive tone of the EP seems to be the counter weight of the darker things I was experiencing when writing this project. I always draw upon personal experiences when I’m writing. It’s that fine line between truth and poetry. For the production this time around, I was able to work with Classixx and also Filip (Poolside), who were great to bounce ideas off in the studio.
 PANAMA’s Jarrah McCleary

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Listen: Panama – “Hope For Something”

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/songwriter, Jarrah McCleary

Jarrah McCleary’s confessional songwriting, 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 energizing.

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.

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