Panda Bear (album)

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Panda Bear
Album cover scan.jpg
Studio album by Panda Bear
Released June 1, 1999[1]
Recorded c. mid-1990s to 1998
Genre Electronic, indie music, lo-fi, Experimental
Length 53:37
Label Soccer Star Records
Producer Panda Bear, Deakin
Panda Bear chronology
Panda Bear
(1999)
Young Prayer
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10)[2]
Release Magazine (6/10)[1]

Panda Bear is the self-titled debut solo album by the Baltimore musician Noah Lennox who later became a founding member of Animal Collective. The album was the first use of the Panda Bear moniker which he later continued to use while performing with group. It was released on June 1, 1999 shortly before his 20th birthday on the label Soccer Star Records. The label was formed by himself and fellow future Animal Collective member and childhood friend Deakin (Joshua Dibb) and was initially founded only to release this album. However the label eventually morphed into Animal and then the existing label Paw Tracks. This album marks the very first Animal Collective related release, apart from the EP, "Paddington Band", which was a recording by the Animal Collective precursor, Automine which featured all other members of the future group except for Lennox himself.

It is unknown exactly how many compact discs were made but it can be assumed it was a small number due to the fact that the label had no distribution network at the time. It was likely paid out of pocket by Lennox and Dibb themselves. The aforementioned factors as well as lack of awareness and interest led to the album becoming out of print.[3]

Lennox commented on the possibility of a reissue in 2004.

Background and development[edit]

Lennox became interested in electronic music and other forms of experimental music as a teenager.[5] Feeling inspired, he began recording compositions of his own to tape under the name "Panda Bear". He choose the name because he began drawing pictures of his favorite animal pandas on the tapes.[6] These recordings became the structure of the eventual album.


Lennox commented on his approach to making the record in 2004.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Inside a Great Stadium and a Running Race" (5:49)
  2. "Mich mit einer Mond" (translates to "Me with one moon", improper German) (4:10)
  3. "On the Farm" (4:00)
  4. "Ohne Titel" (Untitled) (2:38)
  5. "Fire!" (2:44)
  6. "O Please Bring Her Back" (3:35)
  7. "Ain't Got No Troubles" (3:59)
  8. "Winter in St. Moritz" (2:13)
  9. "Liebe auf den Ersten Blick" (Love at first sight) (4:41)
  10. "A Musician and a Filmmaker" (4:30)
  11. "We Built a Robot" (3:16)
  12. "Sometimes When It Hurts Bad Enough It Feels Like This" (4:01)
  13. "A Lover Once Can No Longer Now Be a Friend" (5:11)
  14. "Ohne Titel" (Untitled) (2:50)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Release Magazine review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Panda Bear Bio on Paw Tracks
  4. ^ a b Hatch-Miller, R. "Dusted Feature: Panda Bear," Dusted Magazine.
  5. ^ Interview, Má Fama radio, January 8, 2007
  6. ^ Interview, The Milk Factory, March 2005.