I came across Panda Bear when I was looking through Pitchfork’s Top 10 Albums of the Decade, where Panda Bear’s Person Pitch came at #9. Panda Bear is the solo/side project of Animal Collective‘s Noah Lennox. When I started listening, I still wasn’t able to accept or get into Animal Collective’s sound. I was hoping Person Pitch would ease me into the dream like, experimental, and psychedelic sound of Animal Collective, and it did just that. I wish I could have put the whole album in the YOLO List, as it’s more of a conceptual album (where you need to listen to the whole album through to get the intended effects), but I figured I’d start you off on your journey with its opening track. Panda Bear sends you floating on a magic carpet through the clouds of wonder land. There are times of clear sunny skies and times of massive thunderstorms, a perfect balance of the ins and outs of this psychedelic genre.
I got to see him perform at FYF Fest at the end of summer and it was a trip, to say the least. Would not recommend for epileptics as I feel like that was the closest to getting seizure as I’ll ever get. Check out the video I got: