Tropic Of Cancer
Label: Domino Recording Co
More than ever, Noah Lennox's pop instincts come to the fore here -- though he'll still happily stretch a croonable ditty like "Come to Your Senses" into a shuddering massage of a loop. Panda Bear's greatest strength is that most underrated of pop skills: a generosity with strange sounds. Standouts here include the buzzing squelch that forms the buried spine of "Crosswords," the stuttering vocal rounds of "Boys Latin" and the video-game rumbles and phases that creep slowly across the placid surface of "Selfish Gene"'s new-wave synths.