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4.0 out of 5 stars Panda Power, 24 Oct 2010
This review is from: Lucky Shiner (Audio CD)
Gold Panda may or may not be a man called Derwin Schlecker. It is likely, however, that
he is mostly English and that he doesn't shave as often as some others of his species.

The album 'Lucky Shiner' has less ambiguity about it than its creator.
It is, in fact, a perfect joy to listen to. This is electronica with a heart.
The man and his machines have worked hand in hand to breathe life
into the eleven tracks which comprise this delightful collection.

There are beats that you can twitch and jive to and there are other moments
of deeper, quieter and disquieting intensity. 'Parents' is a particularly
affecting example - a simple reflective acoustic guitar line laced with
half-heard whispering voices and distant birdsong. Enchanting.

The melodic and rhythmic components of the bouncier tracks prove to
be quite addictive with familiarity. I particularly enjoyed the sparkly
single-mindedness of 'Snow & Taxis', a composition full of light and
good feeling. 'Before We Talked' sounds a little like a deconstructed
quick-step at a summer ball for insects. All those twitchy little legs fighting
for some space on the floor in a bid for syncopated self-expression!
'Vanilla Minus' offers a fascinating example of stripped-down minimalist
funk decorated with high-flying luminous extraterrestrial synth chords
and 'I'm With You But I'm Lonely' is a meltingly beautiful tapestry of
shifting waves of quasi-oriental ambient sound shot through with
tin-soldier percussion and something approximating an old-fashioned
typewriter rattling and chattering away like a mad thing deep down in the mix.
Final track 'You', with its fragmented ghostly voice, brings this tantalising
project to a haunting and curiously affecting conclusion.

The mysterious Mr Panda is to be warmly congratulated for this captivating work.

Highly Recommended.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2011 02:59:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2011 02:59:23 GMT
Rohan Diego says:
I think I may need to buy this based on your review alone!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2011 04:34:13 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear R.D.

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you enjoy it as much
as I have if you do....!

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 7 Nov 2011 16:10:28 GMT
S. Ringsell says:
What a wonderfully written review...loved it!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2011 18:30:31 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear S.R.

Thank you so much for your kind comment!

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 16:16:09 GMT
S. Ringsell says:
Not at all, in fact I looked up and read many of your other reviews after seeing this one yesterday (should have been working but what the hell) and found them to be full of eloquence and poetry as well as giving the reader a real taste of the music you were listening to. Though I must say I didnt agree with a few of the ones you liked - (Jesse J? Eh?) most of the CDs you review align with my particular taste. I take it you are a writer by profession? Do carry on, anyway. Look forward to reading many more!
Simon. Brighton.
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