I know that I let some of my enthusiasms get the better of me sometimes, but I'm going to go ahead and predict that Panda Bear's album coming out in March, Person Pitch, will be my #1 for 2007. How do I know? From hearing the first track, streamed at the Paw Tracks site. It's got this high choral chant in the background that reminds me of the soundtrack of Akira in the climactic scenes, when Akira is breaking lots of stuff, and in the foreground is Panda singing this kind of Beach Boys melody. Plus, the song has clapping in it, like many of my favorite songs.* I just keep hitting play over and over. Panda Bear, if you don't already know, is one of the main fellers from Animal Collective. [link]
* That reminds me of this great bit by the old radio team Bob & Ray where they ask this kid what kind of music he likes and he says "Oh, whip songs mainly. Songs with whips in them." You kind of have to hear it, probably.