Boomkat Product Review:
Pandatone is the latest in a small line of artists that have, over the last year or so, delicately sliced, diced, re-worked and pieced together fragmented sounds and diverse ideas into something you could more or less describe as home listening for the 21st century. It's not quite 'folktronic' or 'Post' anything in particular, more the result of a thirst for new sounds and a love of more styles of music than could possibly be condensed into one album, at least if you're to stick to traditional ideas of what an album should sound like. One listen to this debut album by Trevor Sias, however, confirms what many felt on hearing his initial contributions to the Cottage Industries compilation series - here was a voice begging for a bigger canvas. Fitting into the latest currents of the new york leftfield flora and fauna, moments here bring to mind a more electronic take on the activities of Tomlab's amazing "The Books", perhaps comparable at points to some of Zammuto's own early cdr only releases. Check 'Bureen' or the benign strummed and recorded folk-tinged 'Broadwalk' for an idea. Equally 'go f7' keys into some of the elements of new york serialism a la steve reich, yet adding some 'dance' chording bringing the style fully up to date. Eclectic-acoustic sound collages, glitched laptop shenanigans, inexplicably strange and yet curiously warm feeling - here's an album that dispenses with rules and formulas, instead delivering blissed out charm and diversity on a musical whim that gloriously fits in with the sound of the moment. Lovely.