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Tomboy

Panda Bear

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Animal Collective co-founder Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox) pursues his infatuation with ‘60s-era vocal groups into strangely beautiful terrain on his fourth solo album. Tomboy finds Lennox constructing sturdier melodic structures and allowing his lyric to surface more clearly. The mood on this album is dreamy and nostalgic, taking the lush pop sensibility of Brian Wilson and filtering it through the exoticism of the Cocteau Twins. A beachside mood pervades “Surfer’s Hymn” and “Friendship Bracelet”, invoked through plangent vocal harmonies and woozy instrumental murmurs (not to mention ocean wave effects). Matters get positively giddy on the reverb-drenched “You Can Count On Me” and almost childlike on the ghostly, clattering “Alsatian Darn”. Even at his oddest moments, Lennox infuses his creations with a wistful dignity, rising to poignant (if spacey) heights on the closing track “Benfica”. Tomboy shows distinct signs of Panda Bear emerging from his cavern of sonic murk into the clear light of heartfelt expression.

Customer Reviews

In a word...

Great!

Amazing!!!!

Amazing!!!! Fantastic stuff.

Still got the same charm.

I can see the point made by the other reviewer sometimes it can feel a little over-produced, the reverb is a bit glassy, and not warm like on Person Pitch, but this album is still good, don't think its a failure at all, and I like all the oddities think it wouldn't appeal as much to me if it was stripped back an acoustic, but it doesn't feel like its moved on from Person Pitch, which is a shame. Still worth a purchase and chill out too, nice summer feeling.

Biography

Born: 17 July 1978 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Noah Lennox adopted the name Panda Bear in the late '90s, when he drew a picture of a panda on one of his first bedroom studio recordings. He grew up in Pennsylvania, went to college at the Boston University, and eventually found his way to New York City, where he met his future Animal Collective bandmates Avey Tare, Geologist, and Deakin. In addition to his work with Animal Collective, Jane, and Together, Lennox has released several solo albums. In 1999, While Lennox and Avey Tare were still in...
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