Escaped Animal Collective animal Panda Bear, known to his handlers as Noah Lennox, arrives at album six with Domino. An exercise “hyper-modern production” techniques with Person Pitch collaborator Rusty Santos, Buoys finds ol’ Pand subjecting his schtick of characteristically queasy crooners to mainstream studio pastiche. Smashing.
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Once upon a time I'd be able to fob off any Animal Collective related stuff off on Robin and he'd try and he'd try and try and finally convince himself that he likes it. Because it's hard for us all I suppose to accept that the band and their side projects will never reach the dizzy heights of of Merriweather Post Pavillion ever again as long as we live. I do have a grudging respect for them to continue to release a huge amount of releases, all of which are sung in silly voices. The latest is from Panda Bear who probably made the best outside Animal Collective record in Person Pitch.
Here he's making a kind of tropical pop which relies upon strummed and affected acoustic guitars looped and joined by some rather bold blooping noises. Over which his voice is extremely upfront and treated with all kinds of autotune-like effects. Good luck trying to find a song though. The opening duo of Dolphins and Cranked are pleasant but without any form of actual melody. After a series of increasingly cluttered Animal Collective records, I'm pleased to hear Panda Bear strip things back somewhat. Here, he uses a very narrow sound field - voice, treated acoustic guitar, bleeps. It does highlight though that Animal Collective are often more about sonic tomfoolery than actual songwriting and that is laid bear here. But it's both a good and bad thing. It's the nearest I've ever been able to connect emotionally with a Panda Bear album - you can actually hear the lyrics which helps in terms of trying to find out if anything human lies behind the detritus.
But it's awfully one dimensional and samey in terms of sound. You just cry out for some kind of variation or at least an attempt for Panda Bear to bare his soul and tell us what he is really thinking. The gorgeous Inner Monologue gets closest to beauty here. His voice is like a bloody foghorn when it comes in but it's a strange and disconcerting track on a strange and disconcerting album.
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