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Alternative & Indie - Released January 12, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 12, 2016 | My Animal Home

With its dense layers of music and found sounds, Panda Bear's Person Pitch became an indie rock standard-bearer almost immediately after its release. Trying to top it would be a daunting task, and on Tomboy, Noah Lennox doesn’t attempt it. Instead, he strips away the samples that made Person Pitch so hallucinatory and focuses on guitars, drums, and emotive melodies. A few found sounds make their way into the bookends “You Can Count on Me” and the beatific “Benfica,” giving the impression that Tomboy picks up right where Person Pitch left off, but the album’s overall sound is much sparer: the aptly named “Drone” and the smoky “Scheherazade” are downright minimalistic compared to what came before. Yet Tomboy is just as dreamy and hypnotic in its own way, with Lennox's familiarly looping melodies and structures coated in so much reverb and delay that an intricate collage of samples isn’t necessary to make these songs transporting. “Friendship Bracelet” is more than trippy enough as it flutters by on naïve electronics, while “Slow Motion” is submerged in dub-inspired effects and keyboards. Unlike Person Pitch's immersive miasma of sound, Tomboy takes a more song-based approach to Lennox's fondness for Brian Wilson harmonies and melodies. “Last Night at the Jetty” is a wistful, lysergic slow dance, surrounding vocals that could grace a Four Freshmen ballad with heady swirls of guitar; “Surfer’s Hymn” is a reconfigured teenage symphony that sounds like a memory of summer. Lennox recorded Tomboy in a basement studio in Lisbon, Portugal, and the album reflects those surroundings, providing a moody cocoon of sound to retreat into instead of Person Pitch's expansiveness. A feeling of loss often shadows these songs, and there’s a newfound sense of urgency, particularly on “Tomboy” and the fittingly soaring “Afterburner.” Meanwhile “Alsatian Darn,” which begins with chilly, ballad-like verses that warm into choruses that sound like an underwater folk dance, shows just how much more Lennox can do with less. Despite Tomboy's significant changes, it feels less like a radical shift than a subtle progression; while it may not be quite as dazzling as Person Pitch, it should still please fans of that album and Lennox’s many other outlets. ~ Heather Phares
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Electronic/Dance - Released August 21, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Swiftly following Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Noah Lennox's most direct, straightforward collection of songs yet, the Crosswords EP continues in much the same direction, with his reverb-doused Mike Love-ly vocals pleasantly floating over bubbly, lightly funky electronic rhythms. The EP's title track is barely altered from its LP version, replacing some of the more growling synth textures with trippier ones. More exciting are the kicking beats and smeared, messy noises of "No Mans Land," as well as the lush, swooping synths of "Jabberwocky." Closing track "Cosplay" deviates from the rest of the songs, slowing the tempo down to a trudge and repeating the lyrics "marijuana makes my day" over slightly creepy whistling synth sounds. The tune seems like it should be the most relaxed one of the bunch, but somehow there's a bit of a dark, unsettling tinge to it. Crosswords is essentially outtakes from PBVSGR (with one cut left over from Tomboy), and while it's clearly more of the same, it's an enjoyable, compact dose of chilled, effervescent electro-psych-pop, and it functions as a handy reminder of how far Lennox has come as a songwriter. ~ Paul Simpson

Alternative & Indie - Released December 15, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 8, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 24, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 14, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 29, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Pop - Released March 28, 2011 | Paw Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - To be released February 8, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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Pop - Released December 13, 2010 | Paw Tracks

Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 16, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 1, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 3, 2015 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 20, 2007 | My Animal Home

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2004 | My Animal Home

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Pop - Released September 2, 2008 | Paw Tracks

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Pop - Released September 2, 2008 | Paw Tracks

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