Last week Denmark was pulsing to the cavernous electronic pop of Panamah, a young trio whose third single "Børn Af Natten" quite deservingly landed at No. 1 on the Danish charts. If it sounds strikingly familiar, that's probably because the template is almost identical to the one used to such great effect by chilly British indie-electronic band the xx. Even fans of the xx would have to concede that there's a strict formula in play in their music — sparse percussion, simple chord progressions implied more than stated, and most importantly the hypersexual whispered interplay between dueling vocalists."Børn Af Natten" proceeds along at a tempo that's just a hair too fast for the xx, and this has the effect of tempering the depressing sinking feeling that emerges from the spaces between the beats.
"Trent Reznor" and "Nine Inch Nails" are synonymous precisely because his rotating cast of supporting MVPs — Danny Lohner, Charlie Clouser, Robin Finck, Adrian Belew, Josh Freese — keep rotating, no one name ever sticking around long enough to steal the spotlight. So, on the heels of another big NIN reboot, it's tough at first to even regard How to Destroy Angels, his new band, as a separate project with its own distinct identity — even if this one features not only Rob Sheridan and recent film-score cohort Atticus Ross, but also Reznor's own wife, singer Mariqueen Maandig.