Panda Bear — Scheherezade
Alright, no more April foolin’- this is the real deal. I’ve had time enough for a single playthrough of Tomboy (there’ll be many more to come), and good lord, people. I’m sure there’s no shortage of crazed, wide-eyed hyperbole spreading through blogs like wildfire, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t entirely deserved. First off, let me reiterate something said in my fake post: this ain’t Person Pitch. It’s OK though! We were told to expect a curveball, and Noah’s not one to make the same album twice (anyone heard Young Prayer lately?). But enough comparisons- let’s talk “Scheherezade”. Not only does this track provide one of the most noticeable tonal shifts on the record, it’s also one of the most unapologetically bleak tracks on either Tomboy or Person Pitch. While Noah’s reverberated vocals are usually used to a sort of joyous, widescreen effect, here they hang like a tired fog. Chimes flutter while a hushed static rumbles in the background, painting everything in a dim, forlorn light. It’s not a side of Panda Bear we’re used to seeing, but hey- even Lisbonites get the blues.