Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox will drop his fourth album as Panda Bear, Tomboy, come April 12 (the date has been pushed forward so the record will be available on Record Store Day, which is April 16). The CD is the follow up to Lennox’s Person Pitch and will be released on his own label, Paw Tracks.
As a teaser, Lennox has released the cover art for the project, which is by Scott Mou, who has also designed the art for the singles on various labels that led up to Tomboy. Mou is also a member of the band Jane with Lennox. The Tomboy album is a compilation of the singles and some new, unreleased songs. The older songs have been added to and newly mixed with help from Sonic Boom to beef them up for long-player release.
As for the album itself, it was recorded at Lennox’s studio in Lisbon and finds him moving away from the sample-based sounds of his previous record and incorporating more guitar and synths. The drums are said to have a dub influence – replete with lots of reverb -- and Lennox does lots of self-harmonizing.
But why explain this all through words when sounds would do better? Lennon is offering a stream of one of the album’s songs, “Show Motion,” via NPR.