Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, new album
due in July.
Noah Lennox (born July 17,1978) in Baltimore, Maryland), also known as Panda Bear, is an experimental musician and a founding member of Animal Collective, currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. His third album “Person Pitch” won best album of 2007 on many publications including Pitchfork.
Panda Bear has come a long way. From humble origins as a mere Animal Collective member Panda Bear has gone on to appeal to a vast (yet shrinking) audience of Giant Pandas. Since his breakthrough critical success of ‘Person Pitch’ in 2007, he’s been a bit slower with his output. ‘Tomboy’ out back in 2011 was a bit of a ‘grandfathered’ kind of release. Given ‘Best New Music’ felt a bit much for an album that built up the hype only to fall short.
His input for other artists tends to be the highlights. Most recently he had a high profile on the vaguely reputable French robot group of ‘Random Access Memories’. People seemed to enjoy his great work with Daft Punk, his weird vocals coming from the moon. Unfortunately down here on planet Earth he’s been a bit beaten down.
Animal Collective, his proverbial bread and butter, has fallen on hard times. Of course any band would after the tremendous success of ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’. To keep ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ a true success Animal Collective avoided the big reveal that it was named after a place in Maryland. Only later on was it fully revealed. ‘Centipede Hz’ forced Animal Collective to reevaluate where they were going with their dorm room style.
Can ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’ capitalize on the prolific fear of death? Does it root for Panda Bear’s timely demise? Or is it just a name? Only time will tell. Hopefully time will tell something nice instead of a hard truth.
I’d love Noah to sit on the moon with the worlds largest microphone and every morning serenade the entire world with this song: