Panda Bear’s global radio campaign started two days ago and will continue on until tomorrow and if you’ve known where to look (hint: this map) you’ve been able to listen to a good chunk of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper so far.
Releasing new music via the radio may seem like an antiquated way to distribute it but so many artists still do it, so as the saying goes… If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Although Panda Bear has made it all his own with Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.
The album was written as a means to cheer up his father, who was dying of brain cancer. Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) takes a more in-depth look at death on his new LP.
Instead of making a dark, grim aesthetic type of album he created a multivalent production complete with towering harmonies, warped sounds, and trippy beats. The album seems optimistic while still apparent that death lurks around the corner. Panda Bear sounds most lucid when dealing with death.
The LP is multifaceted. Rippling-like water effects make Sequential Circuits the introduction.
Mr. Noah has whimpering dogs… Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper seems like a synth-filled Alice in wonderland. It’s seems light-hearted and fun but there’s more than meets the eye, it’s got psychedelia worthy sounds but with a dark edge.
My Standout Traces: “Tropic of Cancer”, “Mr. Noah”, and “Boys Latin”.
Panda Bear has just launched an interactive website for his new album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, featuring new music from him and his co-producer Sonic Boom. The site also incorporates some new visuals from Danny Perez, who directed the teaser videos for the album and other graphics from Marco Papiro, Patakk, and Hugo Oliveira.
You can navigate it by using your arrow keys on your desktop or your fingers on mobile device.
Check it out here.
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is out 1/13 via Domino.