Baltimore born Noah Lennox finally released his long awaited solo album Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper on Tuesday. It is his fifth studio album since co-founding Animal Collective with Avey Tare, Deakin and Geologist. Animal Collective and Panda Bear have been trendsetting in the experimental electronic scene since the 90s, and this album proves that Panda Bear still reigns as a musical genius. Since being featured in Daft Punk’s award winning album Random Access Memories, Noah has been working on this collection of sounds and noises that succeeds again in pushing the limits of what music is and can do. Check out a previous post on the albums single “Boys Latin” and its amazing music video here.
The lyrics are near undecipherable, if even existing, but the sounds, rhythms and beats are exotically entertaining and each song has versatility for interpretation and function. The album can serve as ambient, dance, or bedtime music. The sounds and bold vocals infiltrate the mind and can become contagious.
I’ve been playing the psychedelic album nonstop for a week now, and my roommates groan and leave the room every time I do. It is certainly not for everyone, but hopefully one can appreciate the unique creativity and composition of each track. It is certainly an acquired taste.
The whirring, flickering and echoing sounds are so foreign, that this album is an experience like no other. Something like being on an alien spacecraft. You never know what you’re going to hear, but you know its going to be different.
Below is the music video for one of the singles of the album, “Mr. Noah”
Check out Panda Bear‘s absolutely wild website here, it makes for an interesting time.