I have to admit that I don't always get excited about album release dates. I love music in its many forms and styles but I've never really found myself waiting outside the doors of a record store on the day an album comes out. However, the new album by Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear is such a swirling slice of sun drenched psychedelia that I may have to line up for a copy when this is finally released, provided of course that Paw Tracks has the good sense to put such a future classic on wax. This album is steeped in the reverb laden footsteps of Brian Wilson. It's the album he might have made had the sandbox come equipped with a sampler. I've been a longtime fan of both experimental electronic and psych pop and Lennox has found a way to seamlessly fuse the two into a sonic wonderland that shimmers with waves of joy and layers of harmony. A huge step into the sun from his mournful debut, this album is far beyond anything Lennox has produced on his own or with his brethren in the Animal Collective. The album has been several years in the making and the extra time and effort seem to have all been worthwhile, plus Lennox has resurrected the 12 minute pop song. Two of the albums tracks stretch into this range but despite their length they never seem to divert your attention. Instead each minute of the album is packed with just the right mix of influence and ingenuity. Person Pitch comes out March 20th and you can pre-order the CD now at Insound and cross your fingers for the vinyl release to show up soon.
[MP3] Panda Bear-Ponytail
[MP3] Panda Bear-Comfy In Nautica