Panda Bear Does It Again, Unfortunately
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
Panda Bear - 2015
I have a love-hate relationship with Noah Lennox. I love Person Pitch, his 2007 psychadelic plunderphonics pop parade that doubles as his magnum opus, and hate pretty much else he's done outside of Animal Collective. Young Prayer is a sloppily written (if written at all) folk mini-album that, aside from the stomping "Track 05", may have been the worst collection of songs released in 2005. I struggled with his last LP, Tomboy, as well, as I found it to be a record that tried too hard to sound the same as Person Pitch, while simultaenously trying to be different. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (or PBVSGR, as it will be referred to from now on) suffers the same fate as Tomboy, except this time there isn't any trying to be different; instead of using samples, PBVSGR is Lennox trying to recreate the playful magic of Person Pitch organically. And while there are some good tracks on PBVSGR ("Mr. Noah", "Principe Real"), the reason Person Pitch was so captivating is because it wasn't organic. The warmth of the actual instruments sampled on the record and how they support Panda Bear's wailing vocals were what made Person Pitch so enjoyable, and the robotic sounds of PBVSGR, and Tomboy before it, the cold electronic feel of synths and programmed drums can't do what Lennox is trying to achieve: make fake instruments come to real life.
GENRES: PSYCH-POP, SYNTH POP