(More from this show was added on 11/14, with videos of "Drone", "Tomboy" and "You Can Count On Me". Click here for that post.)
Panda Bear - Ponytail / Last Night at The Jetty / Benfica / Comfy in Nautica / Slow Motion
Ridiculously exciting post here for you all. Last night we caught Panda Bear playing a rare solo gig in advance of his new album Tomboy hitting the shelves later this year. Let's us say very directly - this set was fire.
Panda Bear - "Surfer's Hymn", an upcoming song from Tomboy
Similar to his previous dates supporting Person Pitch in 2007 and the monster Animal Collective tour for Merriweather (Vids of their Prospect Park show here), this concert was seamlessly performed and precisely executed. Whereas AC's dance crazed rhythms inject their live output with an infectious and widescreen bounce, Panda Bear's performances exist in extreme close-up and pronounced slow motion. Opening with "Drone" and blending into Animal Collectives "Daily Routine", he established this fact immediately - an already droned out number was divided even further - extrapolated to a slow crawl, and intensified visually by an enveloping, swirling light show.
Panda Bear - Encore - Alsatian Darn / Chores (I Think I Can)
Using a familiar song beautifully mangled as his starting point, Panda used the rest of his set to unfold brand new material off Tomboy. As our footage will attest to, this album is looking very sturdy indeed - pairing hypnotic washes of sound with some gorgeous melodies and brash noisy counterpoint. Ditching some of the more straightforward Kraut-imbued rhythms of Person Pitch, the new tracks veer more into the spectral spaciness of Cluster while retaining the signature melodicism that makes Panda such a popular and likable act.
BAL is proud to present this very special footage, starting with this epic five song medley, continuously filmed, with the following songs: “Ponytail”, “Last Night At The Jetty” (3:16), “Benfica” (8:21), “Comfy in Nautica” (12:14), and “Slow Motion” (14:36). A very special thanks to the great community/forum at Collected Animals, who came through big time for us after we ran into some technical difficulties at the show. AC/Panda fans are among the most loyal and active out there, and they deserve props for making this production possible.