Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
Almost six years ago to the day, Animal Collective released Merriweather Post Pavilion, a stunning career highpoint for the Baltimore psych-pop band. If things have plateaued for them since, the same cannot be said of AC’s founding member and drummer Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, whose stock has continued to rise. Instantly gratifying yet sonically adventurous, Lennox’s music has lodged itself on the accessible end of the experimental pop spectrum.
His fifth solo effort channels the highlights from his previous two albums, Person Pitch and Tomboy, into a digestible whole. Drawing on themes ranging from love and family to sanity and self-doubt, delivered in his wonderful chorister-meets-Brian Wilson voice, Lennox digs deeply into his box of production tricks for a sample-heavy, dub-influenced, trance-like musical coating.