Released: Oct 11 2010
Genre: Electronic / Experimental
Label: Notown Records
Lucky Shiner, the debut full-length from Essex based Gold Panda is a refreshing take on electronic music. It’s unusual for UK based independent artists to rise into the limelight over the past few years, but Gold Panda is proving that innovative, forward-thinking music is budding on either sides of the Atlantic.
Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Caribou — just a few names that have reveled in critical acclamation over the past few years. Gold Panda is the newest artist to add to the list, as his euphoric LP is without a doubt one of the most creative and experimentally inspiring records of the year. Lucky Shiner is a very precise record, emotive and passionate throughout, with no drawn-out moments or lackluster filler. If every record is a portrayal of its creator, then Gold Panda is a wise perfectionist. Such a statement would generally be passed as pure assumption, however, releasing a steady bundle of EP’s over the past few years in combination with a little touring, it would seem that ‘perfectionist’ wouldn’t be an overly arbitrary description.
The record opens with You, a choppy, very much jagged ensemble with heavy use of vocals. The elements throughout the track are somewhat conflicting, but rather than producing a jarred final result, somewhat ironically the cut vocals over melodic synths collaborate impressively cleanly. The LP’s most inventive moment comes four tracks in under the title of Same Dream China. As the title suggests, the track takes a cultural approach, combining a range of Eastern drums and patterns to emit a wonderfully elegant melody. The track isn’t outstanding solely because of its unique production, Same Dream China is more than that, it’s a truly atmospheric and uplifting four minutes of electronic sublimity.
As an LP Lucky Shiner is outstanding; as an electronic record, and as an experimental record. Many tracks including India Lately and I’m With You But I’m Lonely are deep and invigorating; however, there are occasional points in the album that aren’t quite so momentous. Before We Talked is the biggest manipulator of the ‘cut and paste’ production technique. The track clearly aims to be adventurous, along with the remainder of the record, however, the end product is somewhat harsh in comparison to the inspirative vibes ever-present elsewhere. The final track on the record, entitled You (like the opener) is the ideal ending to the LP. Chillingly beautiful female vocals overlaying up-beat drum patterns and quixotic synths – Lucky Shiner is a record to remember.
– Article by James Murray
For Fans Of: Animal Collective, Four Tet, Deerhunter, Caribou, Holy Fuck