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Tomboy 4LP Box Set
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Box Set
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Limited edition 4 LP box set featuring the Tomboy full length on 2 LPs, the Tomboy single mixes on 1 LP and several Tomboy unreleased instrumentals and a cappellas, plus "The Preakness" and a 16 page art booklet. Limited Edition of 5000 worldwide. There will be no CD or digital release for this set. Vinyl will be the only format. All profits from the sale of this set will go to the American Cancer Society.
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Enjoy alternate ambiance, always!
Although Noahs project with Tomboy wasn't all what I expected, it was still good. To be honest I was expecting something more along the lines of Animal Collective, but every time I take the time to listen to this album I'm never disappointed. I always find myself humming along with the songs, because I never really know what he's saying. But the upbeat patterns and sometimes unusual repetitive samples come together very well. Tomboy has become one of my favorite albums and I hope that I can hear more coming from Noah in the future.
As mentioned in another review, the arrangement of tracks is somewhat different due to the bonus track, but for such a good cut, missing out on the infinite runout is a small price to pay for The Preakness.
Presentation here is great! Sturdy box with individual LP sleeves for each record and an art book.
The 3rd and 4th records are bonus discs that include single mixes, instrumentals, and acapellas. The acapellas are a bit misleading, in the sense that they don't have additional vocal tracks recorded to replace the instruments, they're more "vocal tracks only" versions. Still very interesting to hear given the talent of Mr. Noah Lennox.
This is a very sucessful album. As many reviews have mentioned, Tomboy is not necessarily a 'follow-up' album to Person Pitch. The sound is simpler in a way that is hard to describe. The melody, idea, hook, or whatever, behind each song is simpler but the mood of each song and the spacey atmospheric production makes simple sound BIG. Listen at high volume.
The sound: not exactly organic as some reviews would have one think. Imagine heavily processed guitar over a simple beat, with layer after layer of reverberating vocals. The obvious reference might be the infamous 'wall of sound' but I really don't have another record that sounds like this one.
Tomboy has an interesting history because of the rather odd way in which it was slowly secreted by its creator. Panda has toured these songs and released many in a rawer form as 7" singles. This has given the listener the odd choice of having a choice. The work of Sonic Boom on the LP version of these songs is certainly noticable. If one word has been used as jornalistic shorthand to describe the music of Panda Bear and his legions, it is "nostalgic". Sonic Boom knows this adjective; in fact, MGMT's Boom produced album Congratulations has beocme one of this reviewers go-to records due to this nostaligic touch that is heard in songs such as "I Found A Whistle" and "Siberian Breaks". He was an excellent choice to mix these songs for the LP. The synth line on Tomboy is one example of a welcome addition that his mixes have provided, as are the percussive additions to "Last Night at the Jetty" and "Slow Motion".
Surprises include the pulsing "Afterburner", the sole track that Panda is willing to stretch to any great length. Also a welcome surprise is the download of the 9/11/10 show that Panda played at Governor's Island, NY - this bootleg was a wonderful audience recording made even more pristine with the mastering touch of Sonic Boom...BONUS!!
Drones, repetition, and ecccchoohooohooohooo. These are good things.