Austrian four piece band At Pavillon has gathered a growing reputation based off the success of their first string of singles mingling some light funk guitar with an upbeat organic sound and more than a little pop gleam. Their latest single “All Eyes on You” has an immediate kick from the first and strong melodic strands helping carry the song along as well. It’s unquestionably the highest peak this band has yet to scale since their 2014 formation and finds them raising their already formidable game up several notches. Mwita Mataro’s talents as a front man are an important part of what makes their past singles so memorable and those same qualities come across with the performance of “All Eyes on You”, but the chemistry generated by the band’s interplay is equally important to how the song comes off in the end.
The song has an incessant motor and its churning musical arrangement immediately engages with listeners without ever overwhelming listeners. The way they strike a balance between having a light touch and muscular attitude is extremely impressive and it sounds like something natural from them rather than a studied pose. Mataro’s solo vocal powers much of the song, but there’s some backing vocals brought in at key points and it makes for one of the track’s more melodic high points. There’s a powerful singalong quality to these moments in the song that never comes across as lightweight, but it does further enliven the track without sacrificing a relatively hard-edged sound. “All Eyes on You” is crafted to an ideal length and the transitions between each of the song’s sections are deftly handled. Mwita Mataro’s dual duties as lead singer and rhythm guitarist are handled with the canny knowledge of a longtime professional rather than a talented newcomer to the scene.
The 2014 formation of this band isn’t far in the past, but the band already sounds like they a firm grasp on their musical vision. The careful weaving of their instruments sounds greater than the four piece nature of the band might seem to allow for but there’s a natural ease to the way their performance develops that’s never forced or artificial. Mataro’s singing never tries to reign over the arrangement, like some singers might, but focuses instead on tying his sound as tightly as possible into the musical tapestry. There is some lead guitar from Bernhard Melchart in the song’s second half but it’s never your typical rock guitar, but nevertheless brings a lot of color to the performance. “All Eyes on You” shows a vital band nearing the peak of their youthful powers and imbued with the talent for transforming more and more with each new release. At Pavillon’s impact has, so far, been limited to the European market, but it’s wise to bet that will change in a significant way with this release.