Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Panda Bear, Person Pitch

At some point this morning I found myself listening to a few songs by Animal Collective, so it was probably fitting that later in the day I would come across the upcoming album by Animal Collective drummer/solo artist Panda Bear. The album is titled Person Pitch and it is being released on March 20th on the Paw Tracks label.

The album itself is filled with equal parts toe-tapping pop and hazy psychedelic folk rythyms, and the acoustic instruments present on his previous solo efforts has been replaced with "samplers and electronics." On Person Pitch the artist known as Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) manages to keep these elements in check to insure that they don't overpower the dream state that is created by the addition of his great vocal harmonies. Check out some info straight from Paw Tracks:

Animal Collective member Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox) boldly returns with his long-awaited third solo record Person Pitch. Years in the making, Person Pitch marks a dramatic departure from Panda Bear’s previous solo record Young Prayer. The acoustic instruments of Young Prayer have been replaced with samplers and electronics.

Fusing Panda’s dramatic life changes over the past few years (marriage, moving to Lisbon, becoming a father) with his ever-increasing sonic palette (standouts include Caetano Veloso, Berlin Techno, Scott Walker, and Kylie Minogue), Person Pitch is suffused with the kind of feel good modern toe-tapping pop that seems harder and harder to find these days.

Paw Tracks feels that the passing of time will show Panda Bear’s Person Pitch sitting alongside the great solo albums of Paul McCartney, George Michael, and Ghostface Killah. Luckily we don’t have to wait.

While you do have to wait just a little while for the album to hit the shelves, I do have a couple of songs to preview. "Good Girl/Carrots" is a 12 minute composition that feels similar to an Animal Collective product for the first five minutes, with its experimentation and chaotic percussion. Then around 4:45 the track melts into something more influenced by 60s pop music and the harmonies take over for the remainder. "Comfy In Nautica" has been released previously, and it's also the opening track on the album.

Panda Bear-Good Girl/Carrots(12:42)
Panda Bear - Comfy In Nautica

Panda Bear will be playing solo shows throughout North America and Europe this spring and summer, as well as touring with Animal Collective. Stay tuned to for updates.


Anonymous said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

as an AC fan, this is the best thing i've heard in a loooong time. he crushed it.

Mr. Curiosity said...

Yep. He knocked it all the way out of the park. This album will stick with me for a long while.

Anonymous said...

truly brilliant. quite possibly the most perfect thing i've heard in a decade. the melodies are mind blowing. i really can't wait to hear this stuff live.