Panda Bear - ‘Person Pitch’ + Portuguese Daisy
Ingredients: 2 ounces ruby port, 1 ounce brandy, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar (pro tip: make your own by simply pulsing granulated sugar in a blender), 1/2 teaspoon grenadine
Mixing Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, shake well and serve in an old-fashioned glass.
Notes: Released in 2007, the third solo album from Animal Collective member Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) is considered one of the best albums of the decade by both critics and fellow musicians alike. Lennox produced the album during a two year stretch that saw him get married, have a child and move to Portugal. Life is always most bright and fresh when starting new chapters and this is evident in the sound and feel of the album.
Inspirational and bursting with life, Person Pitch is electronic music that makes you forget it’s electronic. There are no weak points to speak of throughout the album, but the twelve-and-a-half-minute “Bros” in the middle of the album is the highlight. The track features warm, rhythmic 70’s rock, Cat Stevens guitar strums, vocals that give a tip of the hat to the Beach Boys, and a host of perfectly timed samples that lead one to believe you’re experiencing Lennox’s philosophical treatise on music. Make yourself a sugary Portuguese cocktail, sit back, close your eyes and soak in the rays of this perfectly crafted album.