Electronic artist Gold Panda will release Half of Where You Live via Ghostly International on June 11. The second full-length from the English producer, the album represents a complete 180 in Panda’s life in terms of experiential environment. While his 2010 debut LP Lucky Shiner was recorded during a pet sitting gig, the recording of Half of Where You Live followed a period of extensive traveling that took Panda to Asia, South America and beyond. This exposure seems to have influenced the album in several ways, from phrases in the vocal samples to instrument choices and of course rhythmically. From the press release:
The whole album, in fact, is described as a “city album” by its maker, and it’s easy to see why — each track possesses a different aesthetic and reflects a different environment. Gold Panda describes it as “a jump from location to location… I felt like I was stealing a piece of each place I went to.” ‘Community’ is a house-tinged reflection on cultural divides in London, while “Brazil” catalogs Gold Panda’s arrival in Sao Paolo….
Half of Where You Live is up for streaming via NPR Music First Listen on XPN’s website here. After a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s show last month, Gold Panda announced another Philadelphia show at Union Transfer on October 13th. Tickets and information can be found here. Listen to “Brazil” below.