Panda Bear - Buoys (February 8, 2019)

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he played a lot of these songs when I saw him in May, title track is the only one I remember and it was fantastic. more acoustic guitar and less straight up dance/techno of the recent EP.

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 November 2018 17:24 (one year ago) link

production is beautiful. very excited for this record.

mizzell, Thursday, 8 November 2018 17:30 (one year ago) link

oh ok, yeah he only played a handful of these songs when I saw him, but he opened with Dolphin. also played Buoys, Home Free, Inner Monologue, and Token.

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 November 2018 17:34 (one year ago) link

What a terrible song

nostormo, Thursday, 8 November 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

I like it, not at all what I remember from the show, though. Love the sound of his voice & his use of autotune here, which I think will be all over the album. will probably still like Homies EP more but psyched nonetheless.

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 November 2018 19:32 (one year ago) link

Animated by their ongoing interest in contemporary music production techniques, Lennox and Santos envisioned something that would "feel familiar to a young person’s ears."

Position Position, Thursday, 8 November 2018 22:20 (one year ago) link

I'm kinda disappointed his original plan of releasing two EP's and collecting them at the end of this year didn't come to pass. A Day With the Homies is fantastic, maybe the best thing he's done as a solo artist, but these Buoys songs have a decidedly different sound, and tbh, they're not as good as the stuff on Homies.

flappy bird, Friday, 9 November 2018 21:11 (one year ago) link


Dec 7 Meredith, Australia @ Meredith Music Festival
Dec 12 Sydney, Australia @ The Studio, Sydney Opera House
Dec 13 Melbourne, Australia @ Melbourne Recital Center
February 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
February 12 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
February 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works
February 16 – Chicago, IL – The Art Institute of Chicago
February 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
February 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

flappy bird, Monday, 12 November 2018 18:37 (one year ago) link

Hey flappy are you Panda’s publicist or something?

calstars, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:55 (one year ago) link

I would like to go to the pioneer works show. That seems dope.

Trϵϵship, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:58 (one year ago) link

Lol I feel like it sometimes... I just think he's making the best work of his career lately, but ILM seems to have moved on from AC. oh well 🤠

flappy bird, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link

i sorta like the sound of Dolphin but it doesn't really go anywhere at all - this was a big problem with Meets The Grim Reaper too. i don't really have much in the way of expectations for anything AC-related these days though

ufo, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:16 (one year ago) link

Person Pitch is top 10 of the 00’s for me and I’ve been waiting for him to do something as good as that one ever since. Dolphin doesn’t do much as a song but sound-wise it makes me optimistic for the route he’s taking on this one. Crossing my fingers it’s a proof of concept/intro in the same fashion as Comfy in Nautica and it makes more sense in the context of the full album.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:22 (one year ago) link

I agree that Dolphin sounds slight on its own, no idea why it was the first single. I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the title track would be the first released, it's easily the catchiest and most immediate of the new songs I saw him play. Here's a great video from last spring with "Buoys" and "Part of the Math," a killer song from A Day with the Homies.

This is when I feel like PB's publicist: it is absolutely ridiculous that A Day with the Homies is still vinyl only, despite being the best thing he's made since Person Pitch. If it isn't issued digitally, it'll rank just below Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan reversing their solo record at the last minute for no reason in terms of fuckups by the AC. that record has some of AT's best songs, and hardly anyone knows it, because the only way you can hear the songs in their correct form is bootlegs & youtube videos.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:32 (one year ago) link

Why is he against a digital release? Music for the masses maaan

calstars, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:08 (one year ago) link

inspired by vinyl only dance/electronic stuff he was into I think

full press release from last year:

It’s been my perception that these things tend to homogenize experience so I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t outline, in any specific way, the many choices involved in its creation. I appreciate your role as filter or translator, and by withholding my own blueprints for the album, I mean to encourage and cultivate your part in its trip.

The songs aren’t lyrically linear or narrative as such, though I did scatter pieces of longer-chewed themes across the tracks. I find they still work satisfactorily alone, but strengthen each other’s messages when combined.

I hoped to make something without frills or much embellishment, principally because I’ve found more fluff tends to equal less power. Since the juiciest action is entirely focused in the deeper zones of the frequency spectrum (at least from where I’ve sat), power was key.

It’s not often anymore I find something specific to my life that feels worthwhile setting to song for others to consume. It’s a tough sell convincing myself that my own troubles warrant as much attention as those we all share. The strokes of the messages themselves are broad enough, then, that I think anybody can find a familiar face, if they care to look.

The lion’s share of the noise is centered, or nearly, so both speakers get a taste. This is another nod towards power, but it also means HOMIES doesn’t work in the same way through headphones as it does out in the air.

My greatest hope with this stuff is for it to live like my favorite songs do, which is to say like comforts or companions. Thank you very much for listening and I hope A Day With the Homies can mean something to you.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:04 (one year ago) link

There was a reason for reversing the record (as a tribute to David Lynch) but it’s still a very moronic decision and nowhere as smart as they thought it was.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:28 (one year ago) link

At any rate there is definitely a point with the AC members in which drug fueled decisions are a hindrance and not a creative boost, but I guess the insanity is a necessary part of the package with this band. Sometimes it hits, sometimes it misses.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:14 (one year ago) link

Drug fueled?

calstars, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:36 (one year ago) link


flappy bird, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:09 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:49 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

is flappy bird ok? new panda video released 2 days ago and he hasn't posted it yet.

mizzell, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:14 (one year ago) link

I have like 3 colds and my hands are covered in gauze... it’s a good song, melody reminds me of XTC

flappy bird, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:20 (one year ago) link

I'm not the biggest fan of Panda Bear solo, but I really love both singles so far.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:41 (one year ago) link

oh I really like Dolphin. Wouldn't have known it was PB if I hadn't been told

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:24 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

This is out to almost no fanfare. Really spare and mostly based around acoustic guitar... in a way vaguely calls back to Young Prayer more than recent albums.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:50 (one year ago) link

Listened once last night on headphones and pretty ambivalent about it. Great production but the songs are not that strong, a few excepted. The autotune gets really old really fast, maybe because of how he’s using it, but these songs repeat vocal melodies, rhythms. Like how many of them go like this “DUH duh... DUH duh... DUH duh da da DUH duh”

flappy bird, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:29 (one year ago) link

I like the beats and stuff on Grim Reaper so much. New one is...lacking in this area

calstars, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:26 (one year ago) link

certainly lacking beats, but i like how open and airy it feels, so much of his music starts to feel claustrophobic to me. i like the melody of the title track best so far, but that was the one that i remembered best from a live show.

mizzell, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:40 (one year ago) link

yeah me too, the title track was the only one I remembered from last spring. I like Token, Buoys, Home Free a lot. I like the record, and have only heard it thru headphones. Will blast later today. oh I liked the one song on side 2 with the exaggerated acoustic string slides

flappy bird, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:51 (one year ago) link

It’s his Nebraska I guess

calstars, Friday, 8 February 2019 20:34 (one year ago) link

Thinking about seeing him (mostly for the openers who are Black Dice minus Eric)... does he play any deep cuts or just promoting this record?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 8 February 2019 20:58 (one year ago) link

saw him last spring and he only played one song from tomboy (last night on the jetty) and one from reaper (tropic of cancer). nothing from person pitch.

mizzell, Friday, 8 February 2019 21:18 (one year ago) link

Probably saving that for the inevitable person pitch tour.

Position Position, Friday, 8 February 2019 22:02 (one year ago) link

Thinking about seeing him (mostly for the openers who are Black Dice minus Eric)... does he play any deep cuts or just promoting this record?

when I saw him he did Drone and Jetty from Tomboy and Crosswords and No Man’s Land from the PBVSGR era. Played all of A Day With the Homies and 5 from Buoys.

You should go. He plays INSANELY loud - louder than Black Dice - bring earplugs

flappy bird, Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:18 (one year ago) link

Read elsewhere that the physicals recommend using supremo sound equipment for this album to be properly enjoyed. Naturally this was dissed as presumptuous and undeserved for the, I think it was Stereogum's writer's qualifications.... all aside, genuinely, headphones make the fucking difference. It's a very rich album that a lot of clear and enjoyable spaces between sounds. Reminds me or Nicolas Jaar's first album. It feels like laying your head down.

The songs aren't very strong but the details are nice enough. I warranted it a couple listens.

57mg/20floz, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:10 (one year ago) link

Looks like he's playing a brand new song and Comfy in Nautica:

Part of the Math
I Know I Don't Know
Playing the Long Game (song debut)
Nod to the Folks
Shepard Tone
Inner Monologue
Comfy in Nautica

flappy bird, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:01 (one year ago) link

xp I agree that Buoys sounds a lot better with headphones than thru speakers, in that way it's the opposite of Homies.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:16 (one year ago) link

Surprised p4k was so kind to this tbh, a 7.6 and a review by Mark Richardson (I didn't know he was still writing for them).

flappy bird, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:29 (one year ago) link

Was sort of meh on first listen but now I find myself liking it less and less. I've probably listened to it four times now and decided to just put it away. Might return to it again in a few months with fresh ears.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:01 (one year ago) link

that's exactly my experience, I'm already sick of the half of the album I actually liked at first. "Master" is the one that doesn't bug me yet but maybe just because the chorus is stuck in my head. so much subpar material. and that pitched down vocal part in "Inner Monologue" is awful.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 00:37 (one year ago) link

Yikes, he was terrible. The opener (Flaccid Mojo: Aaron & Bjorn from Black Dice) was excellent so it wasn't a total waste.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 21 February 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

flappy bird, Thursday, 10 October 2019 04:02 (seven months ago) link

I still remember the time Panda Bear was actually good.

nostormo, Thursday, 10 October 2019 07:40 (seven months ago) link


Peyton Warren21 hours ago

Lmao panda really out here trying to impress his kids’ friends

frogbs, Thursday, 10 October 2019 13:48 (seven months ago) link

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