I was excited to discover on Spotify that Gold Panda just released a new single last month called “Time Eater.” His last album “Half of Where You Live” was released back in 2013, so new work from him is welcomed! The new single is to coincide with a new album called “Good Luck and Do Your Best” which is due out May 27th on Ghostly Records.
I liked the random metallic clanging sounds which sort of reminded me of a a clock ticking away at the day.
It also has a catchy melody with a similar metallic sound. Apparently the album was influenced by a couple of trips to Japan in 2014 so I’m wondering if the sound we’re hearing is a koto.
The track then settles nicely into a groove at about 2:20 in and some delicate warm synth chords are laid nicely over the top of the beat and melody.
Since it’s been so long since his last release, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Gold Panda’s sound has evolved over this time and how his trips to the orient will further influence his work. Just need to set a countdown for May 27th to find out!
Tracklist (courtesy of Pitchfork) for Good Luck and Do Your Best:
01 Metal Bird
02 In My Car
03 Chiba Nights
04 Pink and Green
05 Song for a Dead Friend
06 I Am Real Punk
07 Autumn Fall
09 Time Eater
11 Your Good Times Are Just Beginning