Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Editor's Picks, Panda Bear, Pantha du Prince
Amidst all of 2010’s experimental electronic noise, and other harsh and different sounds, stands Pantha du Prince. The German DJ/producer (aka Hendrick Weber) recently released his third studio album Black Noise via Rough Trade, and it already stands as one of the year’s most diverse and intricate recordings. Of course, getting some help from Animal Collective‘s Panda Bear is always helpful.
Arguably, Black Noise‘s most notable selection is “Stick to My Side,” which features Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox. Using his well-recognized voice to cut through the wall of house-influenced electronica, Lennox gives the scattered beats and bells something to stand on, and a semblance of order. His talent for creating more in-depth meaning precedes him after works like Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion, his own Person Pitch and other cameos on tracks like Atlas Sound‘s “Walkabout.” But it’s Pantha du Prince we’re focusing on here, and Lennox’s vocals draw plenty of attention to his superior range of ethereal sounds– which also appear throughout the remainder of the record, sans Lennox.
-John Cassillo, Reviews Editor