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  • Summary: The sixth full-length solo release for Noah Lennox as Panda Bear was co-produced and co-mixed with Rusty Santos.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Feb 8, 2019
    80
    Old, but new at the same time, the seemingly limited palette of Buoys is single minded and direct. A stunning, if hushed, indirect hit.
  2. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Even when the centre spins out, Lennox's naive melodies make his indulgence sound strangely inviting. [Mar 2019, p.116]
  3. Feb 12, 2019
    76
    Buoys is a sad and wistful album, though in a non-specific way.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2019
    70
    It's a new direction, one stretched fairly thin across nine similar tracks, but at least he's escaped that old echo chamber. [Mar 2019, p.32]
  5. 67
    For a moment of respite, a calming breath against the rush of modern life, Buoys is a fine balm in spite of its shortcomings.
  6. This is a nine-song collection of modest ambition, but ‘Buoys’ undoubtedly succeeds on its own terms, that consistently understated sonic template interspersed with surprising moments – the bassy thud of electronic drums that interrupts ‘Crescendo’, the hip-hop style piano riff that marches through ‘Master’ – that makes it a rewarding repeat listen.
  7. Feb 8, 2019
    30
    Mostly unlistenable. ... What has previously been a steady but inoffensive deterioration in Lennox’s music has now slid to (what one can only hope is) the bottom of the trough. No track here could be accused of attempting to engage with either the audience or work with recent exciting stylistic developments in alternative music.

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  1. Feb 22, 2019
    6
    Panda Bear’s latest solo outing sees his psychedelic brand of surreal folk submerged under an ocean of cascading delays and nautical vibes.Panda Bear’s latest solo outing sees his psychedelic brand of surreal folk submerged under an ocean of cascading delays and nautical vibes.

    FAV TRACKS: CRANKED, TOKEN, BUOYS, INNER MONOLOGUE, HOME FREE

    LEAST FAV TRACK: DOLPHIN
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