Similar to his previous dates supporting Person Pitch in 2007 and the monster Animal Collective tour for Merriweather, this concert was seamlessly performed and precisely executed. Whereas AC's dance crazed rhythms inject their live output with an infectious and widescreen bounce, Panda Bear's performances exist in extreme close-up and pronounced slow motion. Opening with Animal Collectives "Daily Routine", he established this fact immediately - an already droned out number was divided even further - extrapolated to a slow crawl, and intensified visually by an enveloping, swirling light show.
Using a familiar song beautifully mangled as his starting point, Panda used the rest of his set to unfold brand new material off Tomboy. As our footage will attest to, this album is looking very sturdy indeed - pairing hypnotic washes of sound with some gorgeous melodies and brash noisy counterpoint. Ditching some of the more straightforward Kraut-imbued rhythms of Person Pitch, the new tracks veer more into the spectral spaciness of Cluster while retaining the signature melodicism that makes Panda such a popular and likable act.
Tracks in this video:
“Ponytail”, “Last Night At The Jetty” (3:16), “Benfica” (8:21), “Comfy in Nautica” (12:14), and “Slow Motion” (14:36)