Hide your bamboo! Panda Bear is back with another single from his forthcoming album Buoys, out February 8 on Domino. It’s called “Token” and arrives with a totally hilarious video courtesy of Dean Blunt that’s almost certainly not what you’d expect from such a hype collab.
Opening with a set of title cards narrating Dean’s failed attempts to come up with a concept, the video settles into a home video-style montage of a goofy, faux-morose, camera-shy Dean riding bumper cars, navigating the horrors of a modern-day amusement park, and flying drones. As Noah Lennox sings about “a slap on a jelly ass” (!?) and getting into some kind of building, we follow Dean through what looks like a slow descent into the most cuddly mental breakdown of all time, all strobelights, kaleidoscopic stuffed prizes, and one oddly satisfying ending. The happiest Dean, it seems, is the one who has lost his mind.
As with first single “Dolphin,” “Token” and its heavily-delayed acoustic guitars represent a chillaxed change in direction following Panda Bear’s bumpin’ vinyl-only 2018 EP, A Day With The Homies. Check out the video below, along with expanded tour dates.
Panda Bear tour dates:
02.11.19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
02.12.19 – Boston, MA – Paradise
02.14.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works
02.15.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works
02.16.19 – Chicago, IL – The Art Institute of Chicago
02.18.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
02.19.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
02.20.19 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
04.19.19 – London, England – Electric Brixton
04.20.19 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Motel Mozaique
04.21.19 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
04.23.19 – Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits Botanique
04.24.19 – Lisbon, Portugal – Culturgest Lisbon
04.25.19 – Madrid, Spain – Conde Duque
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