Fizz fave Panda Bear totally takes it to church and back with this heady collection of euphoric psychedelia
BY DEE IVA
The cover of New Yorker-turned-Lisbonite Panda Bear’s fifth album uses vibrant trippy graphics to create a headache-inducing colour clash of stripes and shapes, reminiscent of Bridget Riley’s pop-tastic psychedelic canvases. Designed by art director/musician/DJ Marco Papiro, it’s a startling display of Op Art trickery, cleverly obscuring the initials PBVSGR. The deluxe version includes four-track EP Mr Noah which flaunts an equally striking cover.
Neo-psychedelia is the order of the day on this collection of songs. Noah Lennox’s ethereal vocals are at the centre of a myriad of sequencers, sound effects and even the occasional wolf howl. Standout tracks are ‘Boys Latin’, 'Selfish Gene' and the dreamy ‘Tropic Of Cancer’; we love the animated video for the former too.
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is a solid body of work which draws you further in on repeated listening. Fleet Foxes meet Primal Scream via The Beach Boys and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop? Bring it on...
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is out now on Domino