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First PO (ft. Peter M)

by Penelope Antena

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Belgian singer/songwriter and producer Penelope Antena presents First PO: a collaboration with Minnesota-based vocalist Peter M and the second single release with Brooklyn imprint Youngbloods. Stretching and twisting minimalist avant-pop with rich, big-sky americana, First PO sees Penelope and Peter illustrating the circular, panoramic relationship between our past and present.

First PO was produced in isolation between Minnesota and Southern France, where Penelope has currently set up a studio and lives with her mother, French vocalist and electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena. The song's lyrics recall the rural beauty of middle America and, according to Peter, was largely inspired by his wife's childhood.

"When Penelope sent me the instrumental of "First PO", the ethereal vocal loops and subtle bell hits brought to mind the sturdy serenity of rural, Southern Minnesota. That's where my wife grew up. Over the years we've been together, I've driven down the same roads she did as a kid. She's shown me the tiny two-room schoolhouse she attended. I've sat on the kitchen countertop and listened to her dad bemoan the small section of errant floorboards that he, as I've come to find out, has been bemoaning for years. For me, being in a relationship is about knowing someone and being known. Getting to know a person is a patient act that moves in two directions at once: As you learn about someone's past, it illuminates the present and like some kind of cartographer, you're carefully creating a map of one another, charting a course for the future."

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released November 17, 2020
Written & produced by Penelope Antena and Peter M
Executive Produced by John Moses & Nicholas Concklin

Published by Mushpost LLC (ASCAP)
P&C 2020 Youngbloods
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Penelope Antena France

Living and creating in the shadow of an esteemed family legacy, alone in the woods on a mountaintop, Penelope is the heir to a musical throne of mythological stature…and one she lives up to with ambition to push tradition into a modern soundscape. Her 2019 self-produced LP ‘Antelope’ has done just that, and has put her on the map as a visionary song-writer, producer, and creative force. ... more

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