Wednesday, September 15
Gold Panda Releases Lucky Shiner Digitally; Releases “Snow & Taxis” Video; Available Physically on October 12th
ARTIST: Gold Panda
Gold Panda‘s debut full-length, Lucky Shiner, was released digitally last week on September 7th. The album arrives physically on Ghostly International (North America & Europe) October 12th and on Gold Panda’s own label, Notown (UK), on October 11th. It can be ordered from The Ghoslty Store or the Lucky Shiner website where you can also stream the whole album. To celebrate the release, Gold Panda has released a stunningly, well-shot & plant-ridden video directed & created by Ronni Shendar on the Lucky Shiner website. Check it out here.
“I didn’t want to write ‘beats,’” says Gold Panda, “I didn’t want bangers. I wanted songs with structure.” And yet, despite Gold Panda’s protests to the contrary, Lucky Shiner is full of bangers—of a kind. Decamping to an idyllic retreat means the album bears trademarks of a pastorally hued Englishness; GP’s two years spent studying Japanese culture, language, and history at the School of Oriental and Asian studies in Japan also find their way into the music. “Lots of factors affected the way it came together,” he explains, “touring, mixing, moving houses and splitting with a girlfriend. Family, friends, and lovers, places I‘ve never been.” It’s that mix of directness and emotion that characterizes Lucky Shiner, an album of sparkling, beat-driven electronic music that’s easy to fall in love with, and to.
Originally hailing from Chelmsford, Essex, and having spent the early part of his career as remixer for the likes of Bloc Party, Health, Telepathe, Little Boots, and Simian Mobile Disco, Gold Panda has been steadily rising through the ranks from the outset. Gold Panda was chosen as one of the BBC’s Sound of 2010 nominees; he’s toured the world with Caribou, HEALTH, Simian Mobile Disco, and is set to hit the road in the UK and the US with Autolux; and his three sold-out EPs have garnered a raft of praise from the mouths that matter (Pitchfork, Fader, Stereogum, NME, and The Guardian amongst them). But all this only tells half the story.
Gold Panda is on tour now with Los Angeles shoegazers, Autolux, in the states.
PRAISE FOR GOLD PANDA
“…some of the loveliest, techno-cloaked glitch-pop this side of the future.” – Fader
“Rising” Artist – Pitchfork
40 Best New Bands of 2010 – Stereogum
“…pulling from an eclectic palette of sounds and inspirations, as he seamlessly fuses hip-hop, minimal house, IDM and more in new and original ways with warm, dreamy melodies floating atop.” – Other Music