Animal Collective have always been free to split off, to work on solo endeavours.
With the band settling down after the touring which accompanied 'Centipede Hz', a new round of solo projects have been announced.
Panda Bear has entered the studio with former Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom, in order to work on his fifth solo album.
Provisionally titled 'Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper', the songwriter explained to Under The Radar that the material would be "heavier and break-centric".
"I definitely feel like it’s going to be quite a bit different from the last one. In some ways, it seems a bit more linked to two albums ago ('Person Pitch') than the last one ('Tomboy'). But that could be because there’s a lot of samples and sampling involved in the process of making the songs, although different samplers, and I made a lot of sounds for the samples myself, rather than taking little samples of other people’s music." Continuing, Panda Bear explained that the record is "meant as a celebration of the fact that new growth sometimes requires death."
Due to be completed in the first half of 2014, there is currently no word on a proposed release date.
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