潘PAN announces a new album alongside a release of the new single ‘Imperfect Poetry’

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Set for release on 12th July via Transgressive Records, the record boasts production from innovators Clams Casino and Bon Music Vision (Kojey Radical, Lucinda Chau, Tsunaina, Gaika), with David Wrench (Sampha, FKA Twigs, The xx) on mixing duty. With the news, 潘PAN has shared a tantalising new single and video, Imperfect Poetry, written about the strength of being vulnerable.

Speaking about the single, the Taiwanese artist explains, “It’s a monologue of a young and not so experienced witch, who doesn’t always do all her magic and alchemy right. Longing for love, she practises expressing her fear and needs through poetry, eventually turning it into spells. The bright and catchy sounds float around and lift up the message, uniting any listening soul into a groovy unity.”

Pan The Pansexual closely follows the release of two recent EPs Reborn and Ghosts, which was Pan’s first new music in seven years, and saw support from Tara Kumar on BBC Radio 1’s Future Artists show, an X-POSURE playlist add from John Kennedy on Radio X and further spins from Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1. The album and EPs were written in Hong Kong, Berlin and Taipei and recorded/produced in London and Melbourne, representing an emotional and physical journey across cultures and identities. 

Though Pan Wei Ju is an entirely new artist – new outlook, new message, new material and name – you may have met the woman herself before. Back in the mid-’10s, the Taipei-born rapper went by the moniker Aristophanes. After performing a career-changing feature on ‘SCREAM’, taken from Grimes’ celebrated NME Album of 2015Art Angels’, Aristophanes went on to build a cult fanbase, releasing her debut mixtape Humans Become Machines.

Across a constantly morphing sonic palette that moves from metallic, apocalyptic beats to delicate nods to the traditional music of her Asian heritage, via heavy, industrial moments, spacious soundscapes and much more, the thread in Pan’s music is utterly mesmeric vocal. Performing in a mix of Mandarin and English, she says having the two languages to play with is “like featuring another artist who has a different way of describing things”.

Across the releases, confident sexual expression mixes with tenderness, empathy and a particularly feminine sort of strength to create a world that Pan hopes will transcend language and connect her audience via something more innate. “The message that I want to carry through these two EPs and the album is to demonstrate the strength of accepting your own situations. When you can’t make things right but you’ve done your best, sometimes it’s really hard to admit that to yourself. It takes strength to do that. I use lots of sexual metaphors, but I feel like it’s more about the female need to be seen and heard. I want to build something more delicate and layered and connected to our life experience – to the trauma and the pleasure and the growth.”

In the time since she last stepped into the spotlight, the musician has experienced her fair share of all these things. Now, it’s as an entirely evolved artist that she returns with a new collection of music that revels in it all: the trauma, the pleasure, the growth and the long-awaited rebirth of Pan Wei Ju.

Pre-order the album here.

Watch the video for ‘Imperfect Poetry’ below.