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is one of the worst cases of ripping off another band so blatently it hurts, see panda bear?
he seemed pretty sincere about the influence of people like Martin Denny and other exotica artists when I spoke to him recently...
Of course it's there and perhaps it does detract from what he does slightly, but Alegranza is still a brilliant record in its own right.
Can't wait 'til he's over... and then at Primavera...
It's far removed from the Beach Boys bracket everyone sank Person Pitch into. In that alone I feel that, though similiar, it's a distant relative rather than mimicking bastardry.
It's just as indebted to Gilberto Gil as Noah Lennox. And like KK said, Martin Denny's exotica blossom.
i.e. looping, blurred vocal melodies et cetera are very similar to those used by Panda Bear on Person Pitch but Noah hardly invented those things.
In terms of the songs themselves it feels quite different from PP. It sounds more directly influenced by South American / Spanish music like Tropicalia, Bossa Nova, Flamenco and even a touch of bhangra at points. I think its a case of using similar techniques to Panda Bear on a different set of psych influences.
but i think the more important issue here is that no matter who he references as an influence in interviews, 99% of the people who will be exposed to and like his music will only do so because it sounds (kinda) like panda bear. it seems to me that the more a record/band does really well critically and especially sales-wise then immediately a bandwagon is built by the fans of the source, record shops and musicians (inspired by) long before a cynical label manufactures it's own varient. I'm just not sure why such passion for an artist invariably breeds this cult of wanting more of the same. Is it simply flattery wrapped up in imitation or rather more disturbingly do breakthrough genre bands like Panda Bear (and there are many examples like lightning bolt, mogwai, sonic youth, burial, nmh, wolf eyes, talking heads etc.) in the wake of their own successes leave behind almost a nuclear winter of talentless reciprocation and eternal tribute in their wake. As a result can only a record be truly appreciated if it sounds like nothing else, does the enemy's aping of the jam desecrate any genuine interest in that band. maybe it concerns too much and it's overwrought and overthought but really in a world like the music industry where everything is based on consumption el guincho seems like the dessert you might want to skip because you're too full or you're worried about the bill. anyway enough of me, this bird has flown...