PANDA BEAR ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER’, OUT JAN 13TH
NEW EP “MR NOAH” AVAILABLE TO STREAM AND BUY TODAY
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “MR NOAH” HERE
Photo credit: Fernanda Pereira
When Panda Bear met the Grim Reaper, they jammed.
Today, Domino and Panda Bear are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, the fifth studio album from Animal Collective founding member and critically acclaimed solo artist Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, or PBVSGR, as the album has been referred to cryptically online over the past few months, will be out January 13th in the United States via Domino.
“Mr Noah”, the album’s first single, comes to you today via the premiere of an AB/CD/CD directed video, VIEW HERE. Also available today is the Mr Noah EP, a 4-song standalone EP featuring the single, plus 3 new tracks that will not be on the forthcoming album. Stream or buy the EP today. The exclusive iTunes pre-order of the album (coming soon) comes with the EP as instant gratification tracks.
Noah has had a far-from-quiet few years since the release of his fourth solo record, 2011’s Tomboy. Since the breakout success of 2007’s universally-adored Person Pitch, each new Panda Bear release is a highly anticipated event, and a high-profile Daft Punk collaboration later (Doin’ It Right, from Random Access Memories), that’s more the case than ever.
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper finds our hero leaving the airy minimalism of Tomboy and unpacking his sonic toolbox again, rearranging the multitude of his disparate influences into the ever-morphing concoction he refers to as “the soup.”
Old school hip-hop textures and production techniques meld with the intuitive, cyclical melodies he has become known for, for a sound that is at once dense and playful.
Recording for the album came together everywhere from El Paso, Texas, to a garage by the beach near his home in Lisbon, Portugal. In a relationship that already proved fruitful on Tomboy, Noah partnered again with Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember, this time in a more top-to-bottom production role.
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper signifies a pivotal point for an artist who has proven he can continue to evolve while remaining at the top of his game. As Noah says, “It’s sort of marking change — not necessarily an absolute death, but the ending of something, and hopefully the beginning of something else.”
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper will be available in Standard CD and 2xLP formats, and Limited Edition Deluxe 2xCD and 3xLP formats. The Limited Edition Deluxe 2xCD and 3xLP includes the 4-song Mr Noah EP in addition to the album in deluxe packaging. Exclusive bundles that include a limited edition T-shirt and lithograph are available via the Animal Collective webstore. All pre-orders come with an instant download of the Mr Noah EP.
For more information, head to the Domino website.
Visit Panda Bear’s new website PBVSGR.com and sign up if you dare.
Mr Noah EP Tracklisting
01. Mr Noah
02. Faces In The Crowd
03. Untying The Knot
04. This Side Of Paradise
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper Tracklisting
01. Sequential Circuits
02. Mr Noah
03. Davy Jones’ Locker
05. Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker
06. Boys Latin
07. Come To Your Senses
08. Tropic Of Cancer
09. Shadow Of The Colossus
10. Lonely Wanderer
11. Principe Real
12. Selfish Gene
13. Acid Wash