An Email To Mike About Panda Bear

Friday, April 20, 2007

this and goodbadqueen are both nasty compressed mush - difference is
that with panda it's a deliberate aesthetic (and not nasty).  like you
said about earworms, mantra, hypnosis - you're not meant to be able to
touch the sounds in person pitch, they're not meant to be sharp,
accurate, hyper-real; they're sensually surreal, the mix and mastering
is indistinct to allow your mind to drift, to lose concentration of
specific sounds and float in an amniotic haze on top of the music,
rather than inhabiting it's space.  it's a flotation tank.  you don't
like IT; you like what it DOES.

whereas goodbadqueen is actual songs with distinct parts and
instruments, mashed-up so they hurt your ears.

good compression vs bad compression.  it can be an amazing tool.

have you heard the electrelane?  or any of their records.  that's how
rock with instruments and songs can sound.  dirgey, still, simple,
still, dark, still; but precise.  not hurting.


Friday, April 20, 2007


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Nick Southall was born in southwest England at the tail end of the 70s, and is the youngest of three brothers. He has a degree in popular culture and philosophy and has written about music for Stylus Magazine, The Guardian and Drowned In Sound, amongst others. He likes red wine, expensive headphones, spicy food, and the Hungarian national football team of the 1950s. His favourite record is the last one he listened to. You can contact him by email via sickmouthy @ gmail dot com should you so wish.

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