My Panda Shall Fly is the rather unusual name for an electronic artist and Too is his debut album. Inspired by dreams, the tracks on Too delve into the subconscious, creating abstract, echo filled and airy electro tracks which would delight equally drifting on the breeze of a sunny day or as the soundtrack to early morning revelling.
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- Too by My Panda Shall Fly
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 16 April 2015
I thought all these hopeful minisentence artist names had been taken by the post-rock bands of yore. My Panda Shall Fly is demonstrating just how wrong I am, generating some rich sample-collage genre-spanning electronic beats with various helping hands around him. This breaking of the mould is the foundation of the Project: Mooncircle label, on which Mr Seneviratne is releasing his latest Too.
These electronic records in which artists are flexible with style are the real standouts. You’ve got slinky house grooves next to laid back hiphop/dub antics as well as remnants of the whole post-dubstep/garage thing peeking out, particularly in the bristling ‘Light Under the Door’. ‘(infinity)’ expands directly upon this and the dub influence with mildly stuttered arrangements of samples to make natural but minimal beats.
Seneviratne is very good at balancing styles when it comes to collaboration, and he likely knows it, judging by the number of guest spots on here. ‘Adhesive’ with Rudi Zygadlo brings in his once-grime softie guy style to a rather strange tune built around a bent vocal line, but it’s on ‘Overcast’ featuring Karen Gwyer that really hits home. Gwyer contributes production and vocal lines, which both get her signature smear, getting lost in a 4x4 whirlpool, pensive melody and all. Yes, these are great tracks, so dig beyond the name or just listen to ‘Overcast’ and be persuaded.
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