Tomboy (album)

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ReleasedApril 12, 2011
Label Paw Tracks
Producer Panda Bear, Sonic Boom
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Person Pitch
Mr Noah

Tomboy is the fourth solo album by American experimental pop musician Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), released on April 4, 2011 as an online stream. [4] Lennox mentioned Tomboy would be a departure from his signature sound on Person Pitch and Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion : "I got tired of the severe parameters of using samplers. Thinking about Nirvana and The White Stripes got me into the idea of doing something with a heavy focus on guitar and rhythm." [5]



Lennox wrote and produced the album in his home studio in Lisbon, Portugal. He went into the album writing process with a certain desire to not feel restrained by the success of his previous album Person Pitch, commenting:

I got this Korg M3-M workstation, it's usually part of a synthesizer, but I got the version that's just a module-- just a white box, basically. I found out that you could run a line input into the thing and affect that within the box. So, pretty early on in the process, I had this idea of just sticking a guitar into that; that was essentially going to be my setup.

Even before I wrote any songs, I had this idea of a triangle where the voice was at the top, some sort of guitar element on one side, and then some sort of really basic rhythm on the other side. That's where I started from in the recording process. So having everything filter through this one brain, this box, seemed like a really good idea. It's a hellish thing to mix live, but I liked how it would connect the dots in the songwriting sense, because everything has these weird little tongue licks of certain types of sound. There's an effect matrix in the thing with five effects you can run through. It's the most complicated piece of gear I've ever used for sure. It took me a while just to get my head around it. [6]

The song "Benfica" is a reference to the Portuguese football club S.L. Benfica. [7]


In an interview with NYCTaper in September 2010, Josh Dibb of Animal Collective revealed that he and bandmate Dave Portner had been requested to mix the album on its completion. [8] However, due to the fact that both of them were busy at the time, it was later reported that the album was being mixed by Sonic Boom, former Spacemen 3 member and producer of psychedelic pop band MGMT's second album, Congratulations. [9]


Performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2010 Panda Bear at the Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 (4809341179).jpg
Performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2010

Lennox had mentioned that Tomboy's release would be similar to that of Person Pitch in that several singles would be released on different labels prior to its release, "Doing the singles helps me focus on every song and also helps me move along in the process." [5] The first single, "Tomboy" was released on Paw Tracks July 13, 2010, with a digital release following a week later. The first and only pressing sold out quickly. Another two singles, "You Can Count on Me" and "Last Night at the Jetty", were released later in the year on Domino and FatCat respectively. "Surfer's Hymn", the last of the four planned singles, was released by Kompakt on March 28 with a remix by London musician Actress. [10] According to his website, Tomboy was slated for release "near the end of 2010". [5]

On January 14, 2011, Lennox announced via Facebook that the album would be released on April 19 of that year, [11] and it was later moved up a week to April 12 so it would be available on Record Store Day. [12] Two listening parties for the album were held in New York City on February 16, and another two in Los Angeles on February 28.[ citation needed ] The first 1000 pressings of the vinyl were printed on translucent wax, and initial copies of the album came with a download card redeemable for a free digital copy of Live at Governor's Island , a recording of a New York show by Panda Bear from September 11, 2010. A limited edition box set for the album was released on November 1, 2011 with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. It contains four LPs featuring: the Tomboy full length with slightly different mixing on two LPs, Noah's single mixes on one LP, and several Tomboy unreleased instrumentals and a cappellas, plus "The Preakness" and a 16-page art booklet. [ citation needed ]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
AnyDecentMusic? 7.5/10 [13]
Metacritic 77/100 [14]
Review scores
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The A.V. Club A− [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [16]
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Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [18]
Pitchfork 8.5/10 [19]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [20]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [21]
Spin 8/10 [22]
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Pitchfork placed the album at number 32 on its list of the "Top 50 albums of 2011". [24]

Rolling Stone placed the album at number 37 on its list of the "Top 50 albums of 2011". [25]

Track listing

1."You Can Count on Me"2:21
3."Slow Motion"4:36
4."Surfer's Hymn"4:31
5."Last Night at the Jetty"4:29
7."Alsatian Darn"4:16
9."Friendship Bracelet"5:54

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