Gorgeous animated clip...
'Boys Latin' screenshot

A sublime vocalist and noted collaborator, Panda Bear recently decided to step outwith the confines of Animal Collective.

The singer’s first solo record since 2011’s ‘Toyboy’, upcoming album ‘Panda Bear Versus The Grim Reaper’ promises to the end of one thing, and the beginning of another.

‘Boys Latin’ though, is hardly apocalyptic. The percussive blitz verges on hip hop, with the singer’s sighing, keening, rolling vocals twisting simplistic phrases into near orchestras of sound.

The accompanying clip is a feast for the eyes. Directed by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch, it’s a beautifully animated video, all vivid colours and smooth lines.

Director Isaiah Saxon explained it this way: "We tried hard to bring out the vibe of that alternating melody that Noah is singing. We wondered what that should look and feel like from a synesthesia perspective. We've always believed that shapes and forms themselves have emotional meaning. For example, round things are often cute and non-threatening, while spiky things usually seem dangerous. We ran with that idea by creating these dynamic forms that grow out of our characters as they deal with their emotions."

Check it out now.

'Panda Bear Versus The Grim Reaper' is out on January 12th.

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