Boomkat Product Review:
Am I glad about that apostrophe, without that we'd be in a pickle - on first glance you might think you were stumbling across a new piece of wax from 80s also-rans Bros, you know if Take That can hack the whole 'reforming' thing, maybe next up is Bros. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd run to the hills if that happened, so thank goodness this is Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox and one third of the Animal Collective. By the cover of this EP I wasn't sure how to take it, hula gals and bamboo text, and then pulling the vinyl out I saw that the A side was a complete side of wax, and the B was just one short track. What could this odd record hold for me? Well by the sounds of it one of the big surprises of the year, this track is epic in every sense of the word, taking the patented Panda Bear freaky-folk loveliness and re-working it for the hula generation. The office comment as I blasted this out was that it sounded like the Mamas and Papas, and I couldn't disagree, but imagine if the Mamas and Papas had been recorded to cheap 120minute cassette tape and then buried for a few years and you'll be more in line with how this sounds. Plus there's a strangely Christmassy feeling to the record, I don't quite know why either, maybe it's the reverb but I like it a lot, and it makes me want to drink copious amounts of mulled wine. If you like Ariel Pink, Animal Collective, Sunburned Hand of the Man - basically any of that kooky American free-psych-pop abstraction you're going to love the humourous mess that is 'Bro's', and they've even thrown in a bonkers Terrestrial Tones mix on the flip for good measure. Fabulous stuff.