Panda Bear releases Grim Reaper mixtape — listen


    Photo by Steven Arroyo

    Today, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, has launched a new personal website, The acronym found in the URL seems to confirm the long-rumored title of Lennox’s latest solo album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.

    To coincide with the site’s launch, Lennox has shared a new mixtape. The 40-minute mix primarily features mostly other acts’ songs, including Container’s “Glaze”, Silk Flowers’ “Small Fortune”, and a Laidback Luke remix of a Moodyman song. However, as several users on Reddit have pointed out, Lennox also peppered in snippets of his own new music. Part of a song tentatively titled “Fill Those Spaces” or “Nadir” can be found at 15:20, while another track titled either “Can’t Come Back” or “Tropic of Cancer” appears at the 28:05 mark.

    Listen to the full mix here.

    Serving as the follow-up to 2011’s Tomboy, Grim Reaper has been described as “break-centric” and influenced by hip-hop producer 9th wonder, featuring tracks “constructed out of samples of self-made sounds” and is “meant as a celebration of the fact that new growth sometimes requires death.” Lennox reportedly teamed with friend and longtime collaborator Sonic Boom on the LP.


    Since announcing work on the album back in February, Lennox has continually played new tracks as part of his live show. Download audio of a recent show in Brooklyn here.

    Lennox will undoubtedly preview more new material as he wraps up his ongoing US tour later this month. Consult the full schedule here.

    (Read: The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2014)

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