Gold Panda
Lucky Shiner


4.0
excellent

Review

by Daniel Incognito EMERITUS
October 4th, 2010 | 144 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With every small release throughout 2009 and the first half of 2010, Gold Panda sure struck up quite a bit of interest. His debut album Lucky Shiner continues on justifying his potential, displaying an interesting mix of fresh ideas.

With every small release throughout 2009 and the first half of 2010, Gold Panda sure struck up quite a bit of interest. Releases of Quitter’s Raga, You and Back Home all garnered praise, and were fully deserving of any curiosity they piqued. Even featuring on a couple remix albums by Bloc Party & Ewan Pearson, Gold Panda has kept popping up with tastes of his hefty potential. Nearly a month after its digital release, his debut album Lucky Shiner hasn’t exactly launched off as it should, though the praise received from indie bloggers and review sites is deserved.

For those unaware, British artist Gold Panda compares most closely to artists like Four Tet & The Field. His down-tempo style is perfectly displayed in the opening track You, where chopped vocals serve as the hook over an evolving beat. There is no attachment to a single genre in the album, by no means conforming to any style of house, breakbeat or techno beats.

Marriage opens with sweet synth layers, before the steady beat launches the track forward about 50 seconds in. The song phases in layers of oriental textures for a few bars, before fading out and being replaced by new ideas. In essence Marriage just builds different ideas on top of a repeating simple synth layer. Where some electronic artists suffer by driving home only a couple ideas throughout an entire six minute piece, much of Lucky Shiner is in constant movement from the beginning to end of each song.

Where the first You has chopped up vocals, track eleven (also titled You) stretches out the vocal sample atop soft synths and a reforming beat. Others such as Snow & Taxis and Vanilla Minus push forward at a quicker pace, with the former hitting a couple of sweet spots and driving the mix of layers for a few bars before giving way to fresh combinations. In moments like these, Lucky Shiner feels like a brother of The Field’s From Here We Go Sublime but with contrasting song structures. At the heart of it these songs succeed in the same way as the two You tracks, presenting a few simple layers in an ever-transforming series of blends.

In an interview with Pitchfork, Gold Panda stated "it would be awful to make an album of 'Quitters Raga's because I feel like I've done it now and that's enough of that."
Lucky Shiner is quite simply then a presentation of new ideas. Each idea may not strike a chord with listeners, yet there is enough minimalist beauty and delicious layering of sounds spread throughout the album to draw the listener in. Gold Panda’s quality in his multitude of shorter length releases has translated well into a solid debut album; yet like Flying Lotus’ 1983, one gets the feeling more is to come.



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Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
October 4th 2010


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For a look at one of the songs that built some of the hype leading up to Lucky Shiner:
http://sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=1373

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 4th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quitters Raga was cool, You (the song) had me a bit like ehhh. Listening to the stream now tho.

Actually I've changed my mind, I quite like You.

Streaming here: http://sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=4201

emmy
October 4th 2010


205 Comments


*gold cobra

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


^?

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 4th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously digging this.

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


We're in agreement, Alex. You is awesome.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 4th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

arrggh this is so good!

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


I'm telling you man, 2010 has been the best year for music so far

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 4th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk, I was pretty ambivalent about this year until HTDW came out, tbh. Like, lots of great/awesome albums, but that one really tied it all together for me. This is definitely a surprise for me. I thought Quitters Raga might have been a one off, playing with Indian sound effect, then I didn't like You, and now I like You and this whole album is just as good as Quitters Raga. Happiness.

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


I think it's because I stayed up all night and am very tired, but at first I read that as 'then i didn't like You (me), and now i like You'. I think there have been a lot of pleasant surprises so far this year, and making my 'top 50' list is going to be difficult to do. This is really good too, and I haven't even really taken the time to relax and enjoy it in full yet.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 4th 2010


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bros :fistbump:

Also, this is my favorite album art this year.

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


I really love the album art for The Golden Archipelago- check that one out. But yeah, this is really cool looking too.

Transient
October 4th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really liking You, will no doubt end up checking the rest of this album out

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


You might like this.

Transient
October 4th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, Quitters Raga rules as well so i'm getting this now

Gyromania
October 4th 2010


16089 Comments


Okay, I just saw a good resolution picture of the album art and it's really fucking cool.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2010


31628 Comments


O hai, you're reviewing again

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Mordecai.
October 4th 2010


8282 Comments


i might check this out. great review.

crank
October 4th 2010


332 Comments


have been waiting for something like this

Fort23
October 4th 2010


2480 Comments


Curren$y was fucking with this shit on pitchfork.



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