As part of New York's 'Animal Collective', Panda Bear's origins centred around the presentation of an interesting programme of electronic folk music that intersected Nick Drake, Syd Barrett and Brian Eno.
Essentially, with 'Person Pitch' (2007), the group diverged from their earlier path by deconstructing in quite a spectacular fashion, pop and folk music. The vocal harmonies sound uncannily like the Beach Boys and the melodies are evocative of 10cc.
The opening 'Comfy In Nautica' is an acappella children's hymn with loud rhythmic clapping amid assorted electronic effects and spaced-out vocals. The multi-part harmonies of 'Take Pills' is a cascading melody that nods firmly in the direction of light sixties psychedelia. But their sound is also enhanced by loops that weave and transport tribal repetitive jovial singalongs into another universe.
The hypnotic epic 12 minute 'Bros' appears to take for its cue the demented stoned tribal folk-rock parodies of Holy Modal Rounders. It's another impressive track, but after 12 minutes, the distortions and reverb does become somewhat tiresome. The next song, 'I'm Not', mainly focuses on loops of dreamy vocals, minus the rhythm.
With 'Good Girl/Carrots', the tone shifts towards percussive trance, ecstatic singing and dissonant industrial loops, beeps and hisses within a dub 'soup' that results in a grotesque soundscape. This is followed by a piece of floating free-form vocals.
'Search For Delicious' is an hallugenic trip to another galaxy and beyond, whilst the closing witty 'Ponytail' reinstates the vocal harmony of previous tracks.
'Person Pitch' is a slightly flawed but nevertheless satisfying piece of self-depracating neo-pyschedelic whimsy that is a welcome addition to the rich musical tapestry of life on earth.