Review: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper by Panda Bear

Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper by Panda BearNoah Lennox has done some interesting things, both solo and with the Animal Collective, and the trend continues with his fifth solo effort. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is, like his previous outings, a crazy, heady mix of off-kilter pop in different interpretations, from the psychedelic to the psychotic. It’s a disparate collection – the title does not suggest a loose concept record of sorts – but it is still satisfying nonetheless: the jittery “Sequential Circuits”, the fuzzy “Mr Noah”, and the surprisingly beachy “Selfish Gene”. It’s different takes on the same thing, that “let’s see what sticks” method that usually suggests a bit of an uncertainty on how to do things, but thankfully he decided to go for all of them. What’s so uncertain about this? Panda Bear’s always found an innate sense of pop in his theoretically weird pop, and this is no exception. [NB]4/5

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