Tomboy by Panda Bear
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Paw Tracks
Where Person Pitch's magic came in its colorful explosion of weirdo loops and layers, Tomboy's is felt in the spaces between, where black holes endlessly vibrate with echoes and reverb. Meanwhile, Panda Bear sounds like he's chanting down a well whose bottom houses a church of Beach Boy bliss. "Tomboy" and "Afterburner" gallop along like a speeding train, yet Noah Lennox's mantras stay simple and focused throughout the album: "Know you can count on me," he intones; then, "so they say practice makes perfect" -- advice he seems to heed through the hypnotizing sounds of repetition.
Stephanie Benson
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