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Nearly three years after the release of his debut album Lucky Shiner, Gold Panda
returns with his second album Half Of Where You Live, to be released on Ghostly
International and his own NOTOWN label (UK). The album is the product of a period
spent touring the world multiple times around, absorbing influences and probing
potential new avenues of creative exploration.
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:
“I wanted to make a track that soundtracked my ride from the airport to downtown” he
explains. “The [vocal] sample is kind of like an excited chant, bigging up the place, then
it all gets confusing to replicate the traffic and buildings."
Taking on this loose concept has meant a more considered approach for Gold Panda,
and the music has harsher edges than his previous work, and an almost hauntological
feel at times. Crucially, though, this new approach hasn't compromised the producer's
creative freedom, and the album still flows with his trademark organic vibrancy. “I've
tried to really focus on just a few elements,” he explains. “I tried to avoid chopped up
female vocals this time around, as it’s become pretty well done, and anything that was
too solid structurally. Ultimately, though, you just you find your groove and settle into a
sound and realize you only really need to please yourself.”