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PWNT Shares New Single “Shortcuts”

March 9, 2021
credit Aristotle Galanopoulosis


Shares New Single “Shortcuts”

PWNT, the LA-based dream-pop project of Kosta Galanopoulos, is today sharing his new single, “Shortcuts”,out via the Nashville-based label, Acrophase Records (V.V. Lightbody, Personal Trainer) – listen to the track at this link here.

Seamlessly fusing the worlds of 60s psychedelia, 90s Britpop, and the sounds of 2010-era acts such as Passion Pit and MGMT, “Shortcuts” arrives as the latest in a run of recent singles from PWNT – an acronym of “Play What’s Not There”, which comes inspired by a Miles Davis quote – which have found tips from David Dean Burkhart, BIRP, and a string of Hypemachine blogs.

Shortcuts” is this sun-kissed vibrant composition that is destined to make you move. Fixating on these gleeful grooves and the lo-fi vocal energy. The songwriting reflects elements of sensitivity whilst the lush textures of the instrumentation provide this compelling hook to this ensemble.

For the best part of a decade, Kosta has found himself working as a session musician and songwriter across the USA, working on the recent Hether release and performing with the likes of Adam Lambert, Tiger Love, Joni, and Magic Giant at festivals including Coachella and Bottlerock. Originally hailing from Cocoa Beach, Florida, his music has taken him to New York, where he lived and performed for six years, before relocating to Los Angeles. The sonic result of the new music is an amalgamation of Galanopoulous’s various recording locations – LA, Wrong Planet Studios in Florida, a bungalow in Miami, an apartment in New York City – and the different sounds and influences that breathed within each.

Speaking about “Shortcuts”, which welds together reverb-soaked guitars and butter-smooth basslines, summoning a sound similar to Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and Washed Out, Kosta says: “I cut this track a few years ago at my studio in LA, and ended up recutting the vocals at a bungalow in Miami this past year. My buddy Steven Frieder in NYC cut horns remotely. I was chasing a cruising vibe in the feel of it all.” Carefully sculpting together different elements of the song allows sounds to build and fold upon one another, erupting into a scintillating horn solo towards the end. It acts as a fitting precursor to a larger project which is planned for release further down the line.

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