Album Review: Panda Bear “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” (Dub)

Layout_11_A_FINAL_CorrReview By Darian Magee
4.8/5 Dragons
Review from Vandala Magazine; February 2015 Edition – Read Interviews, Reviews and more in Februarys’ issue FREE HERE

Panda Bear is the King Midas of music. Everything he touches turns to gold! Whether it’s Animal Collective, Daft Punk, or solo – he rocks it. Or ‘experimental psychedelias’ it, whatever category he’s currently occupying. Get it? Because ‘rock’ is a genre of music? Forget you guys.

“Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” is no exception. It’s catchy, gratifyingly rhythmic, and everything about it seems BIG. Does that make sense? There’s probably a better way to explain the way it makes me feel, but the songs just seem full. Bursting, robust, like if Chunky Beef Stew was a musical genius. With flawless sound design and stunning synthetics, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper makes for a tantalizing 50 minutes.

At times, the music seems to possess an almost sci-fi atmosphere and Daft Punks influence becomes clear. You will forget this once the album reaches ‘Tropic of Cancer’, a beautiful melodic ballad capable of resurfacing the deepest of buried emotions you’ve managed to store away. Thank you, Noah Lennox. You have stolen my heart.


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