By Jennie Tan. Panda Bear, the solo project of Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, performed a captivating set last Monday night at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California. The outdoor show proved perfect for Panda Bear’s experimental ambient music. Although he primarily showcased new songs from his forthcoming album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Lennox’s latest work was received exceedingly well as fans anticipate its release.
Peaking Lights were a fitting opener for Panda Bear. The duo started the night with their lo-fi psychedelic pop that quickly caught the crowd’s attention. Each track seamlessly flowed right into the next, creating a set that almost seemed like one on-going high spirited song.
The desert terrain and starry sky were pleasant backdrops for the entrancing sets. Along with an enthused yet relaxed crowd, the evening had an overall leisurely atmosphere.
There was a subtle complexity to Panda Bear’s simple stage setup. Behind his podium of gear, vibrant projected designs accompanied the illustrious new sounds of Lennox’s skillful sampling and experimental layering. The show drew to a close as Panda Bear returned for a three song encore beginning with “Last Night at the Jetty” and ending with “Surfer’s Hymn.” The stage was enveloped in a mix of visual effects and fog which closed the compelling night in the middle of the desert.