Monday, March 5, 2007

Panda Bear


Everybody and their mother’s blog have already declared Person Pitch, Panda Bear’s yet to be released sophomore album, the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s pretty much guaranteed a spot on every recommended list in the indie kingdom. It may not be very obvious why upon first listen, but beneath the dense lo-fi wall of sound lies intricately layered harmonies and, ultimately, catchy tunes. “Bros” is an excellent example. The music sounds as if its original detail has been washed away in reverb, leaving only a murky impression of what it used to be. It’s a test in “active” listening, once you’re able to see through the lo-resolution layers, a beautiful view awaits you on the other side. Although Panda Bear uses many of the experimental techniques from his original band, Animal Collective, Person Pitch’s strength lie mostly in the song-craft. The full version of “Bros” may be over twelve minutes long, but it never overstays its welcome. Of course, it may take a couple of listens, but once it’s in your system, it’s in there for good.

Download >>Bros

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