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Panda Bear - Tomboy

by Adam Leach Rating:8 Release Date:2011-04-11

When you stick Noah Lennox - aka Panda Bear, aka the one from Animal Collective called Noah - into a studio with a founding member of Spacemen 3, it's a pretty safe bet that the end product is going to be hard to put into words.

Tomboy, the fourth release under Lennox's Panda Bear guise, just doesn't lend itself well to a written description. That's not to say it can't be, just that it really doesn't go far enough. It's an album of handclaps mixed with steel drums and hypnotic chanting, it's an album of childish playing around on synth effects, it's an album with a song called 'Drone', which quite literally drones on for just over four minutes. There are a lot of drones, almost all of them bad, yet when Panda Bear drones, it's really quite lovely, and how do you explain a lovely drone? However, I have managed to come up with a little something that I think sums it up pretty bloody thoroughly: "It's an album".

Taken in its constituent parts, Tomboy just can't be absorbed, the songs sound strange and out of place, the kind of songs which would have the genius people at Apple utterly flummoxed as no matter how much you shuffle, they'll still stand out. But listen to it as a whole and you get an auditory experience of the finest kind.

In essence, it's a musical version of a magic eye, fuzzy and migraine inducing to the untrained ear, but magical and revelatory to the trained one.

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