***** Panthera – Vengeance EP (ZONE47 – 2023)

Look into the uncanny eyes of a predator and get hypnotized when the French artist Panthera drops three tracks of neo italo bliss in “Vengeance”. Charming synth sequences and tender female murmurs carry the sugary opener “Planet Of Black Fear”, with a playtime of about nine minutes. The next one, “The Love Machine”, is an uplifting instrumental piece with fireball stabs, born for speedboating off the coast of Corsica. The title cut gets better with every play: Staying in the land of honey, cascading pads and housey piano offer ultimate mind therapy. It’s difficult to unloose from the release and both because of the music and the artwork, Pierre-Jean Buisson being the author, it deserves a vinyl pressing.

No wonder that Panthera has previously appeared on Bordello A Parigi with two installments of “Synthesizer Hits”. With the new EP, he lands on the home turf when joining the telling roster of the French label Zone. Co-founded by The Hacker, also artists like Ali Renault, Dynarec, Maelstrom have appeared on Zone. Obviously, the digital release, which can be filed under Alden Tyrell, Sally Shapiro or Roberto Onofri, claims tiny bucks from your wallet. Thus “Vengeance” is a reasonable alternative to overpriced italo reissues.

Buy digital from Juno Download (UK)

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