Panda Bear's spotlight has been growing ever brighter since dropping his most recent project, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper and releasing his trippy animated video for the album's lead single, "Boys Latin." Now, the Animal Collective co-founder has joined the ranks of Girlpool, Skrillex, Zedd, and others by sharing a mini-doc following a point in time of the creative music making process.
Focusing on the recording and collaboration of the album with co-producer, Sonic Boom, the doc gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the studio and a peek into the mind of Noah Lennox.
While it should be exciting to watch a solid piece of music history, it's hard for me to find a redeeming quality in a 15 minute doc that bored me so much I had to stop it at the 6:56 mark, take break, then resume.
It's not that Panda Bear isn't interesting. In fact, the experimental EDM artist has multiple layers of talent, sound, projects, and a veil of mystery that makes you want to learn more. Unfortunately all Greeting the Reaper gives us is bland and snoozey commentary from the studio, cut in-between a sad looking gondola ride through a zoo, and bumming around the streets of Lisbon.
For all the effort director, Sam Fleischner, put into it, time would have been better spent showing more action, movement, and engaging footage to stimulate and excite viewers. If they're bumming around the streets, I'd like to see their interaction with people, shops...perhaps throwing in some sort of footage that shows a moment of grand inspiration. Where's the music during moments that really need an audio crutch? If a broken umbrella is the most interesting thing you can include in an otherwise boring piece of film, I'd rather have my 15 minutes back.
Perhaps Panda Bear just isn't as exciting as we hoped he would be in this kind of format. Either way, after watching it, I felt like I got shot with a tranquilizer gun.