Timing is everything. When you’re in no hurry, with no expectations or outside pressure, the process of creation seems natural. This was the case in the making of global fusion outfit Pacifika’s third album, Amor Planeta. The Vancouver-based trio of vocalist Silvana Kane, guitarist Adam Popowitz and bassist Toby Peter has never sounded more at home with the world.
“This record is much like the title of the album, which means Love Planet,” says Kane, a native Peruvian. “It’s love in its various forms: love of nature, love of another, love that is lost, love that is eternal—basically all that makes us what we are as humans.”
Entering the studio with a new frame of mind following the success of 2008’s Asuncion and 2010’s Supermagique, as well as Kane’s 2012 solo album, La Jardinera, Pacifika tried out a new process of songwriting and recording. “In the past the three of us would sit together and jam ideas,” says Peter. “This time Adam and I built a track, then Silvana would come in and vibe off of it.”
The addition of trumpet player Malcolm Aiken as well as a more organic approach to recording—less electronica, more live performance—kept things fresh for the band. Whereas before the songs would often be built around Kane’s poetic lyricism, Amor Planeta offers lush textures and guitar-driven ambient soundscapes, not to mention a harder edge keeping a nice balance between both.
Pacifika burst onto the global music scene in 2008 with their critically acclaimed debut album Asuncion that was praised by The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, KCRW, and NPR amongst others, and led to high profile shows alongside Feist and Sharon Jones at The Hollywood Bowl. Supermagique was the iTunes editor’s pick for “Best World Music Album of the Year” in 2010 and a Juno nominee for “Best World Music Album,” which catapulted the band from Latin Alternative darlings to a broader audience worldwide. Amor Planeta continues to see the band evolve, in a natural organic way.
Perhaps the key to understanding Pacifika’s music is as simple as three friends living out their dreams on one stage. In a society that seems to be getting speedier by the day, the relaxed environment created by this trio’s songs offers a robust antidote to the hectic nature of daily life. Charming and charmed, we’d all be better suited on a planet as full of love as this one.