Berlin-based Italian musician, graphic artist and dj Zelda
Panda writes utterly charming tunes about travelling, life
in the city and love. Using an old Italian 60s guitar, a loop-pedal
and a toy-keyboard she works her unique lo-fi magic. Zelda
is a very productive listener who draws upon a vast body of
music for inspiration - among other things country, jazz,
80s pop and old italian crooner-classics - as well as literature,
film and her many personal observations.
In her own words:
"Currently one-woman band, playing songs with electric
guitar, loop station, multi effect pedal, vocals, sometimes
small casio and drum machine. Mostly I like the type of things
that turn bones to glass, contrappunto, perpetual astonishment
and sense of humour."
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PRESS QUOTES & REVIEWS
"Intense and seductive."
- Danish indie chart Det Elektriske Barometer, Danish
3 weeks in the chart. Topped at #6.
"Comes on like a solo coffee house Stereo Total."
- American WFMU Radio.
|"I see Panda as one of the most promising female
artists working with electronics. In large part because she
breaks down several forms of habitual thinking. (...) Even
though you could call her narrative miniatures 'electroclash'
she is just as much a rock musician (out of the punk school)
and storyteller. (...) There's no excuse not to discover this
totally unique and very promising artist right now."
- 'Recommended album', Cd review by Danish independent music
|"One girl vocal antics with sparse
guitars, fx and electronic instrumentation. Lurching from
the semi-harsh to the playfully melodic."
|Norman Records rating: 'Happy'
|"In reality you don't really need more than an Italian
60s guitar, a loop-pedal and a toy keyboard. Definitely not
if you have Zelda Panda's musicality. (...) She calls herself
Marzipan Marzipan. And it is also the title of her new outstanding
album. It's an album that seems inspired by Berlin's chilly
sensuous and cool lyrical do-it-yourself songwriter style
of artists such as Masha Qrella and Barbara Morgenstern. But
as Marzipan Marzipan Zelda Panda has her very own personal
and quite sensual twist."
- Cd review by Ralf Christensen, P2
Radium, Danish National Radio.
|"Small, charming rock-miniatures. (...) The result
was music whose minimalistic form wasn't far from an electroclash
act like Peaches, but in tone and ring seemed closer related
to early The Cure or Velvet Underground. (...) A pleasant,
fresh and unpretentious acquaintance, which one would like
to make again - or listen to again on her latest cd-r-release."
- Live review by Geiger.
|"A graceful figure enters the stage in a small shack on the river bank, early in the evening, wearing a knitted habit and a type of furry wig: Marzipan Marzipan constantly plugs her various synthesizers and drum machines in and out and amuses the audience with her announcements which are often longer than the songs she plays. Marzipan Marzipan's music consists of looped drum rhythms, over which she tells stories from her life. Often these are only three sentences, which are repeated, but nevertheless she swears by the authenticity of what she sings."
- Down By The River Festival 2011 at Kater holzig, Berlin, review by Vera Hummel / Byte FM.
"Italian multiartist Zelda Panda (what a fantastic
name!) throws herself headlong out in deep waters only equipped
with a out-of-tune guitar, toykeyboard and the amateur musician's
inresistable drive. (...) There is definitely potential in
her sensual voice, naive rhythm box and guitarbased melodies,
which in the records best moments leads the thoughts towards
the clattering indietronica of Casiotone For Painfully Alone.
This is especially caused by her fine lyrics about life's,
and especially love's, ups and downs. Tracks like the duet
Ecke, where she gets help from fellow Italian Marco Brosolo's
Cohen-ish voice, deserves a wider audience."
- Cd review by Gaffa,
Denmark's biggest music magazine.