Posted on November 14th, 2014 (4:00 pm) by Andy Belt

Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) is no stranger to the weird side of pop music. As a member of Animal Collective, he and his co-patriots have been bringing us a unique brand of far-out, always psychedelic tunes for more than a decade. Even when setting out solo, Lennox’s pitch-perfect harmonies and grandiose, technicolor, musicality bear a similar, mind-altering sensation. After a string of highly acclaimed releases, the Bear is back to take us on a brief jaunt through his world that remains consistently (and pleasantly) askew.

We’re left guessing where Lennox will go next from the EP’s opening moments. The undulating title track beams in like a broken transmission from the outskirts of our Solar System. When it manifests completely, it twists and turns like a kaleidoscope, with Lennox’s reverberating vocals underneath the haze. Despite its experimental underpinnings, “Mr. Noah” doesn’t eschew the common verse-chorus structure, making the song sonically daring, but to its benefit, familiar.

Wistful keyboards and electronic chattering underscore “Faces In The Crowd” as Lennox glides languidly through the electrical and ethereal surroundings. By constantly switching up the sonic terrain from song to song, like the tribal “Untying The Knot” into the dreamy pop haze of closer, “This Side Of Paradise,” the Mr. Noah EP is rarely content to ground itself.

The most disappointing aspect of Mr. Noah is that it is only four songs long. As the chimes on “This Side Of Paradise” take us out, we’re left craving more. Thankfully, it’s not too long until the January release of his fifth full-length solo record, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. For now though, this is a more than worthy appetizer to whet our palates before the main course.

Track List:

  1. Mr. Noah
  2. Faces In The Crowd
  3. Untying The Knot
  4. This Side Of Paradise
Panda Bear - Mr. Noah Review
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Our Rating

79 / 100
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