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Album Review

When It's Dark and It's Summer is P:ano's debut CD — and a promising one. The Vancouver group consists of Nick Krgovich on songwriting, vocals, acoustic guitar, and keyboards (piano and Hammond organ mostly) and Larissa Loyva on vocals and trumpet. Bass, drums, strings, and accordion are provided by a revolving cast of musicians, including Beans' Ida Nilson and Stefan Udell. Although P:ano maintains ties with Beans' brand of post-rock, better points of reference can be found in Low and Orso. Krgovich's songs are soft-spoken, country-tinged, resolutely of the understated alternative kind. His voice will not bring you to tears, but it is suitably pleasant, especially when doubled by Loyva's. The opener, "All of November, Most of October," with its violin and cello, can give the impression that this will be another melancholia-drenched post-rock album (the song is very good, by the way). But "Tut Tut," "Worry," and "The Country Scene" display a delicate sense of humor (embedded in "Tut Tut" are lines from the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back"). Some studio tricks (like sudden organ tracks and weird guitars) are added just for show, but otherwise the album is well recorded in keeping with an intimate atmosphere. It may not be as memorable as one could hope for, but it sure provides an enjoyable listen. Recommended. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews

I liked it

I dunno.... I think that TUT TUT is a good song... Who cares what it means.


I absolutely love P:ano. The lyrics to me just blow me away.

Not even close to 3 1/2 stars

P:ano made something on this record. It flows beautifully, it's light, airy, but fufilling. My favorite track is "All Of November, Most Of October", and this definalty deserves more stars than it's getting as of now.


Formed: Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 1999 around the talents of Nick Krgovich and Larissa Loyva, eclectic Canadian indie rock collective P:ano utilize their multi-instrumental prowess to create lo-fi orchestral pop. Joined in 2000 by Justin Kellam and Julia Chirka, the Vancouver-based band released When It's Dark and It's Summer, followed by The Den in 2004 and Brigadoon and Ghost Pirates Without Heads in 2005. The group stays busy with...
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