Panda Bear - Buoys
Noah Lennox's sixth solo album as Panda Bear is 'Buoys', out via Domino Records.
'Buoys' was co-produced and co-mixed by collaborator Rusty Santos in Lennox’s adopted home of Lisbon, Portugal. Lennox and Santos last collaborated on the landmark Panda Bear album Person Pitch, which had its 10-year anniversary last year.
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.” However, 'Buoys' retains a deep layer of experimentation coursing through the hyper-modern production – a hallmark of Panda Bear releases that will feel intimately familiar to fans of Lennox’s decade-plus body of work.
Alongside Santos, Buoys also features collaborators in Chilean DJ/vocalist Lizz and Portuguese musician Dino D'Santiago, both artists who came to Lennox via Santos’ recent trap and reggaeton production work; the former contributes arrangements throughout the album including 'Dolphin' and both lend their vocals to 'Inner Monologue'.
'Buoys' is the first Panda Bear release since 2018's vinyl-only EP 'A Day With the Homies', and the follow-up to 2015's kaleidoscopic full-length 'Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper'. "The last three records felt like a chapter to me, and this feels like the beginning of something new," says Lennox whilst surveying how 'Buoys' relates to the estimable Panda Bear catalogue. Indeed, the forthcoming 'Buoys' is full of fresh ideas from one of modern music's most fascinating, innovative, and emotionally generous artists.
4. I Know I Don’t Know
7. Inner Monologue
9. Home Free
Artist: Panda Bear
Genre: Indie & Alternative
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: WIGLP399X
Released: 8 February 2019
Indie exclusive red and black vinyl LP.