Hailing from Vancouver, P:ano was a Canadian lo-fi orchestral pop band that formed in 1999 and dissolved sometime around 2008. The band’s members consisted of Larissa Loyva, Justin Kellam, Julia Chirka, and Nick Krgovich. Each member played several instruments that varied from song to song.
I first heard P:ano in 2003 towards the end of college. Late one night I ran across a Salon.com article recommending readers to check out their 2001 debut When It’s Dark And It’s Summer. Sitting in my bedroom with headphones connected to the computer, I streamed the album’s moody first track “All Of November, Most Of October” and instantly fell for it.
At that point in my life I was editing the school’s arts & entertainment section of the newspaper. I liked it. I used that space often recommend albums, but I kept this one to myself. In the last days before I’d move on to the real world, I’d put the album on late at night to fall asleep.
P:ano released a series of other albums, but I never got into them. The Den from 2002 was focused but off-putting due to its complexity. 2005’s Brigadoon was over the top with quirkiness (though it’s grown on me because I realized it was their Pet Sounds).
The final album, the odd Ghost Pirates Without Heads also from 2005, was written & recorded in a day, and it shows.
Despite the uneven catalog, P:ano has always held a special place for me. They produced a perfect album for melancholy nights. I even slipped in “All Of November, Most Of October” into the my wedding reception.