Panda Bear, 'Person Pitch' (Paw Tracks)

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Person Pitch
Critical Mass
Label: Paw Tracks

by Shannon Zimmerman

Steeped in '60s-style harmony and post-rock noise, Panda Bear's third release deftly mashes up traces of the Beach Boys with digital burbles, elevator chimes, and something that sounds like bubble wrap being popped. "Bros" throws brass and more electronics into the mix, beginning as a sweetly melancholy riff on "Sloop John B" and winding down with goofy Dating Game horns and Atari fuzz. Somehow, these constant flourishes enhance, rather than obscure, the disc's plentiful catchy bits, giving Person Pitch a resonant, off-kilter charm.

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