Spacey but not alienating, loud yet still light, painting panoramic sound against a moving melodic backdrop... Moving Panoramas is a dream gaze project from Austin, Texas, led by songwriter, Leslie Sisson.
It all began in Brooklyn, where Leslie was living while playing in The Wooden Birds. She came back to her home state of Texas to be closer to her family after surviving a series of life-changing traumatic events. Picking up the pieces, she took a job teaching music in Austin. Playing music on a daily basis helped save her, writing an array of healing tunes that became the debut LP titled One, recorded with Louie Lino at Resonate in Austin and released on Austin's Modern Outsider Records in October 2015. A split single is in the works for 2018 release, as well as a sophomore LP.
The Houston Press calls Moving Panoramas "The best band in Texas right now." The Austin Chronicle describes them as, "Conjuring a big yet intimate sound reminiscent of Nineties output from Brit indie 4AD." PopMatters compares the music to Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, and The Aislers Set saying, "Austin-based band Moving Panoramas waste no time creating a niche for themselves within that style on their debut album One." NPR's Songs We Love says, "The ingredients and the sentiment might be simple, but the outcome is disarmingly complex." KCRW's Today's Top Tune says, "Moving Panoramas have been honing an expansive sound that is rooted in slithering guitar-work and crisp vocals." BrooklynVegan says, "Austin's Moving Panoramas make hazy psych pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground." The Guardian's New Band of the Week says, "They're in Warpaint's ballpark, or Best Coast's hazy dream pop territory, and are most likely to make Theresa Wayman and co jealous." Tom Tom Magazine says, "In a place like Austin that is bursting at the seams with music, Moving Panoramas is definitely one of the city's bands to keep your eye on."
For One, Leslie recruited former film grad school classmate and Black Forest Fire bandmate on drums, Karen Skloss, and her music student on bass, Rozie Castoe. Along the way, Geena Spigarelli, Ryan Fitzgibbon, Jolie Flink, Cara Tillman, and Rachel Fuhrer have helped the live and touring sets, followed by the current lineup including Jody Suarez on drums, Jordan Rivell on bass, Laura Colwell on keys, and Phil McJunkins on pedal steel.
In addition to Moving Panoramas, Leslie also plays solo and leads a country band called The Rated Exes. Her history includes time in The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA, Western Keys, Black Lipstick, Black Forest Fire, Pavo, Aero Wave, and Tanworth-in-Arden, with guest performances for American Analog Set, Windsor for the Derby, Rhythm of Black Lines, Mark Gardener of Ride, Dan Mangan, John Wesley Coleman, and Broken Social Scene. She toured as crew for Vampire Weekend, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and Sons and Daughters.