Having adopted (for reasons they have been unwilling to explain) the curious names of Avey Tare and Panda Bear, high school friends David Portner (USA; vocals/guitar) and Noah Lennox (b. USA; vocals/drums) evoke the strange and the magical via a music that has traceable precedents in the rituals of shamanism, the textures/structures of minimal techno, and the gentle folk rock of Simon And Garfunkel, and which echoes both the bucolic ideal of their childhoods and chaotic nature of their adopted home of Brooklyn, New York City. We all grew up in a semi-rural environment around a lot of trees, Lennox has explained of the formative experiences which have impressed upon their enchanting music, We also grew up with a hyper-awareness of what it is to be in imaginary spiritual states. I think in life you need to have a connection that goes beyond the realm of the physical.
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