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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Panda Bear - Tomboy

Techno Tuesday is here! Huzzah! We roll into the review with Panda Bear - which is Noah Lennox from Baltimore, Maryland. He's part of a larger group known as Animal Collective - which is basically just an experimental electronic group also from Baltimore. From the earliest of ages, Lennox was interested in music and theater. He was a tenor in his chamber choir growing up. Once he got to college, he starred in some independent films done by fellow Boston University students. Thought to have come up from a very religious family, he studied religion at BU - but not because of his deep seeded belief system. He studies because he was intrigued 'in the concept of God'. Interesting stuff. As it turns out, this is Panda Bear's most recent solo release, and it dropped just this year back in April. He dropped his first solo work in 1998 when he was just 20 years old. He began releasing music on his own label "Paw Tracks", on his second drop in 2004. He's now married and has kids, and uprooted from New York to move to Lisbon, Portugal. In terms of sheer music style and ability - the ability is there, and the style is - well, different. I'm not sure if it's just this record or not - but his music actually sounds very choir like, and very religious. The vocals are so synthed out and have that added high note polishing, that it sounds very clairvoyant and like you're singing on Sundays. I'm not really sure this style is for me, but the production values on this album must be through the roof. It all kind of sounds the same, very little emphasis on the beats and new arrangements track over track. For that, I'll say this is probably worth skipping.

1. You Can Count On Me
2. Tomboy
3. Slow Motion
4. Surfers Hymn
5. Last Night at the Jetty
6. Drone
7. Alsatian Darn
8. Scheherazade
9. Friendship Bracelet
10. Afterburner
11. Benfica

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Tomboy
2. Last Night At The Jetty
3. Alsatian Darn

2 out of 5 stars

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