Pantaleimon – The Round Up

Photo © Eric Leiser


Wishing You A Very Happy New Year 2014!

Sometimes after intense experiences the feeling to get away from everything for a while is a strong wave.  So I took myself off to an Ashram in Grass Valley, CA to study classical yoga. I’m no stranger to plunging into the inner, deeper realms, as you’ve probably surmised. I’ve practiced yoga for many years. Meditation and yoga are intrinsic to my music and inspire the way I approach my life and work.

I’d created ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’. And the Butterfly was breaking out of it’s cocoon. When I finally came out of the Ashram, I found ‘the world’ had been busy with the Butterfly and so here’s a little summary. Peace and love to you.


New Video for the download single ‘Ember’

Eric Leiser, the American animator who did my last video for ‘If (I Was)’ , has made another fantastic video for the download single ‘Ember’. The video-still at the top of this page is from the video.  It’s a psychedelic trip! Noisey (Vice Magazine) premiered Eric’s video exclusively just before Christmas. Now it’s been unleashed into the wilds of Youtube, Vimeo etc.  And for those fashionistas out there, the red dress I wear for the video, and on the back cover of the album, is an original 1970’s ‘Mushroom’ label dress.

Have a peek, as now we have this new sparkly video up on the Pantaleimon mothership here


Reviews, Reviews, Reviews

There’s been some really positive reviews of my new album ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’. Here’s just a couple of them ~

“Degens has thus far avoided mainstream critical attention. On the evidence here, this is nothing short of criminal. Apart from possessing a wonderful voice, she also demonstrates a keen ear for subtle yet layered arrangements, and a knack for compositions that are, at times, incredibly moving.The lilting vocal melody, coupled with the gentle swell of soft, subtle strings at the beginning of  ‘Ember’ is reminiscent of ‘She Moved Through the Fair,’ a traditional Celtic folk song that’s been performed by everyone from Van Morrison to Boyzone via All About Eve, Fairport Convention and Sinead O’Connor. But it soon grows, blossoming into a rich electric folk-rock song, buttoned down by a strolling bassline and meandering fiddle. But Andria’s voice remains the focus and focal point of the dreamy number that sets the tone and pace for an album that’s delicate yet solid. The title track is a clear standout: haunting, evocative, musically and emotionally deep – at once impenetrable and resonant, Degens’ voice drifting in a sonic haze, while the sparse and brooding ‘Eagle Turning’ succeeds in captivating the listener in spellbound silence for the entirety of its six-minute plus duration.There are tracks which could readily be described as straightforward folk-orientated singer-songwriter fare, although there’s often a slight twist, as on the slightly psychedelia-tinged ‘Elevation of a Dream’ that calls to mind the spirit, if not necessarily the sound, of Syd Barrett. ‘If I (Was)’ has a vintage quality, accentuated by its almost muffled production that stands out in the context of the crisp, clinical production values of so many contemporary albums mass produced. Production-line music this most certainly is not.Herein lies the real appeal of The Butterfly Ate The Pearl: it doesn’t sound ‘of its time’; it doesn’t sound overtly vintage or retro either, but is more out of time, or, indeed, timeless.” – CHRISTOPHER NOSNIBOR, PARAPHILIA MAGAZINE

“Andria Degens isn’t a name I’ve ever heard before but she’s the creative force behind musical project Pantaleimon. This album is going to be difficult for me to describe. It’s truly inspired and so above my head in places that I experienced a transcendent period of time while listening to it. The closest comparison I can come up with is this: Depeche Mode and a heavenly choir of angels. The Butterfly Ate The Pearl is equal parts minimalistic genius and complex, divine rhythms. The overall feeling I had when this was playing was wistfulness. That slightly sad, nostalgic feeling we all feel on occasion. While this is not the kind of music that I normally listen to I did enjoy my journey through this piece. In my experience, this is a unique album full of music that’s destined to thrill and mystify audiences everywhere.” –              JIM DODGE, MASS MOVEMENT MAGAZINE

The others can be viewed on the Pantaleimon website here


Diffuser FM ~ Pantaleimon’s Top 5 Psych Folk Albums

Recently I was asked by Diffuser FM to choose my favourite 20th Century psych folk albums. I am no expert, but I do know what I love…. There are a lot of albums I could have chosen from, but i went with the ones that have been the most influential.   Now, if only they’d asked me for my top 5 psych ROCK albums… that’d be a whole different story!

See my Top 5 Psych Folk Records Here


Latest Listenings

Tame Impala – Lonerism

Kadavar – Kadavar

La Düsseldorf – La Düsseldorf

The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

Mozart – always lots of Mozart….


My heart and thoughts are with all those affected by the intense weather we’ve had both sides of the Atlantic; the floods, and the freeze.

Keep safe.

Om Nama Shivaya



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New Video SIngle ‘Ember’

I’m very excited that Eric Leiser who directed the video for ‘If I Was’ has created another real psychedelic treat of a video for ‘Ember’.  Watch the video above, then read all about Eric Leiser here. ‘Ember’ is the follow up digital single to ‘If I Was’ which is available on iTunes or direct from Grass Girl Music. As mentioned in the last post this single comes with the ‘Glow Mix’ created by Hugo Race and Franco Naddei.

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‘Ember’ is the follow up to ‘If I (Was)’ by Pantaleimon, (AKA singer Andria Degens), and is the second single to be lifted from the brand new album ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’. The new single includes an exclusive alternative mix by Hugo Race and Franco Naddei ‘Ember (‘The Glow Mix)’. Available from Grass Girl Music and iTunes

Featured on this track are James Blackshaw (guitar & organ), Steve Finnerty (guitar), Jay Darlington (Mellotron & Moog), Paul Phillips (Lap steel guitar), Otto Hauser (Vetiver) on drums, and Dan Price (bass).

The Butterfly Ate The Pearl was written and recorded during 2011/12 in her home studio, and co-produced with Hugo Race (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/Fatalists) and is being released by Grass Girl Music, distributed by Forced Exposure in the United States and Cargo in the UK.

The Butterfly Ate The Pearl is a more psychedelic offering than Pantaleimon’s previous recordings, a marked artistic progression, and her most accomplished work to date. Besides writing and recording the new material Degens performs on a diverse range of instruments including guitar, keyboard, Indian harmonium, “treated” Appalachian dulcimers, bass, pedal board, vibraphone, bells, tambourine and sansula; she also provides samples, loops, and assorted fx. In addition, she’s brought together an eclectic array of renowned musicians to complement her work and insure that each track reaches its full potential: Hugo Race (Bad Seeds), “Bonnie Prince Billy” Will Oldham, James Blackshaw, Otto Hauser (Vetiver, Espers), Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker), and Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), to name but a few. The end result is a cinematic soundscape showcasing her gorgeous, heartbreaking vocals.

The new album is available from Grass Girl Music on CD/LP and on ITunes …


We are very happy to announce that Pantaleimon will be represented by Howlin Wuelf Media in the States. So any American press enquiries should make their way to Howard at Sweeeet!

All UK press enquiries continue to be handled by Andy Fraser at Some Friendly Press


You may ask, when you coming out to play? Well, Andria is travelling out to the States for a couple of months, to be at a meditation retreat in Grass Valley, California. Then when she returns, she’ll prepare herself and band for live dates beginning in the Spring. More details nearer the time….

See ya soon!

Love from Pantaleimon, and all at Grass Girl Music x

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Announcing that the vinyl LP version of “The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’ is out on the 5th August 2013.  It’s been a long time coming for this beautiful package – full colour reverse board sleeve with full colour double-sided insert and clear heavy weight vinyl – but so worth the wait. Inside every copy will be a voucher for downloading the album into your iTunes/Ipods, etc. In addition, the vinyl comes with the same goodies as the CD (special download booklet, bonus track, and immediate digital version of the album). The first 50 LP’s ordered are signed by Andria Degens. Go here to pre-order now.


If you’re one of those people who love to have a record on all formats, there is a special bundle for you at a special price.  You will also receive extra goodies, which include the download booklet, bonus track, and immediate digital version of the album. Available to pre-order now –  LP/CD bundle £23


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Radio Interview and Film Festival

Radio Feature and Interview

Sideways Through Sound, a radio programme based in Sydney, Australia, will be broadcasting a special feature on Pantaleimon; playing the new tracks and talking with Andria about the making of ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’. Sideways Through Sound broadcasting this coming Wednesday 24th July at 9pm (Sydney Time) on 2SER – Real Radio 107.3 FM. Tune in.


‘If I (Was)’ music video feature at Rojasfest 4 Argentina

The latest music video, directed by Eric Leiser, for Pantaleimon’s ‘If I (Was)’ is screening at this cool festival – Rojasfest 4 Argentina







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