It's been four years since Panda Bear's released a record (Bros 12") on Fat Cat, one which paved the way for the stupendous, highly acclaimed Person Pitch. Adhering to his Pre-Tomboy 7” (vinyl exclusive) series, where he will release four singles on four labels (Fat Cat, Domino, Paw Tracks, Kompakt), Animal Collective's Noah Lennox will release the third installment —“Last Night At The Jetty” backed with “Drone” — on December 6. Fat Cat actually encapsulated it quite elegantly: “Last Night At The Jetty” sees Noah’s beautifully layered, honeyed vocal harmonies morphing across a fairly simple grid of wobbly guitar, a whip-crack metronome-beat and a scattering of electronic sounds and effects. Taking an uncluttered, less-is-more approach, the treatment allows Noah’s voice to carry the song through a series of shifting melodies…”
“Last Night At The Jetty” sounds slightly reminiscent of Merriweather Post Pavilion, but coincides with other 7-inch's Lennox has released this year, “Slow Motion” in particular. This, like most of his music, entices you, beckoning you to dance to its devilishly sweet, jungle beats. His soaring vocals, layering over each other, encompassed in this warm blanket of harmonious melody, offers the familiar Brian Wilson-like aptitude he's known for.
“Drone,” the other side to this exclusive (only 3,000 copies!) single, sounds like the complete opposite of “Jetty,” Lennox taking more of a minimalist approach in creating this droning, percussion-less, lethargic song that sort of ends abruptly. The Tomboy LP is set to come out early 2011 via Animal Collective's label Paw Tracks. Listen to Panda Bear's latest A-side below:
Last Night At The Jetty