Panda Bear releases Grim Reaper mixtape

Panda Bear - Steven Arroyo

Panda Bear – Steven Arroyo

Today, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, has launched a new personal website, pbvsgr.com. The acronym found in the URL seems to confirm the long-rumored title of Lennox’s latest solo album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.

To coincide with the site’s launch, Lennox has shared a new mixtape. The 40-minute mix primarily features mostly other acts’ songs, including Container’s “Glaze”, Silk Flowers’ “Small Fortune”, and a Laidback Luke remix of a Moodyman song. However, as several users on Reddit have pointed out, Lennox also peppered in snippets of his own new music. Part of a song tentatively titled “Fill Those Spaces” or “Nadir” can be found at 15:20, while another track titled either “Can’t Come Back” or “Tropic of Cancer” appears at the 28:05 mark.

Listen to the full mix here.

Serving as the follow-up to 2011’s Tomboy, Grim Reaper has been described as “break-centric” and influenced by hip-hop producer 9th wonder, featuring tracks “constructed out of samples of self-made sounds” and is “meant as a celebration of the fact that new growth sometimes requires death.” Lennox reportedly teamed with friend and longtime collaborator Sonic Boom on the LP.

Since announcing work on the album back in February, Lennox has continually played new tracks as part of his live show. Download audio of a recent show in Brooklyn here.

Lennox will undoubtedly preview more new material as he wraps up his ongoing US tour later this month. Consult the full schedule here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

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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: