Panda Bear “Tomboy” (2011)

July 27, 2011

I have to confess: I am much more excited when I hear of release of a solo album by one the guys from Animal Collective than when I hear about AC’s next project. And another thing that might place me on a no-no list: I appreciate Tomboy more than Person Pitch, that landmark LP, for many the best one that came out in 2007. On Tomboy Panda Bear crafted more shorter songs. I would even dare to say that they are lighter and more, well, conventional. There is no juggernaut like Good Girl / Carrots here. Instead, we’ve got 11 tracks with fantastic and multiple sound effects, loops, echoes or handclaps. It’s not No, you can’t count on me on the opening (and great) You Can Count on Me. How would Noah Lennox come up with such chilling declaration to his children? The nervous title track has great guitar hook. A similar trick is used in Slow Motion but never there is a felling of weariness. Last Night at the Jetty is so charming and at ease that it puts Jeff Bridges to shame. Finally, Afterburner has a tropical feel and with its length of almost seven minutes it does not let you stop dancing. Tomboy is a brilliant, full of ideas left-field pop record, a joyous affair made by one of the most talented people in music right now. It’s splendid it finally arrived. Great artwork, too.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: Afterburner, Last Night at the Jetty, Slow Motion, Tomboy, You Can Count on Me

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