I’ve written previously about Noah Lennox’s way with clockwork rhythms that sit behind assorted musical mischief. On his latest album as Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, the rhythms are more indebted to psych rock, but here and there (as on the nonsensical anthem “Boys Latin”) the older, dubbier affectations slip in – and on these songs, the chaos unfurling above is all the more effective for it. Continue reading Waves of Brazil
My first thought: it’s like Person Pitch, but in four-minute bursts.
Then: it beats the chillwavers at their own game. Where others are hipstamatic-knowing, Noah Lennox is enlightening and joyful, still gazing in wonder at the sheer splendour and excitement of being alive.
Person Pitch was ambitious, but Tomboy isn’t, and doesn’t need to be either. The soaring vocal melodies seem familiar in spite of their originality—the true test of great songwriting. The arrangements are perhaps more skeletal, but this isn’t a good qualification: Lennox’s music is still lush and witty, but it is now less reliant on lengthy quoting of other people’s phrases. Continue reading Panda Bear — Tomboy