The prolific South London producer and visual artist My Panda Shall Fly (aka Suren Seneviratne) is returning with a new album inspired by a variety of rich subtropical sounds. Abstracting elements from folk and psychedelic-leaning textures, the visual for "Rainfall" below is our first glimpse into the six-track LP, forthcoming on Soundway Records.
The Sri Lankan-born artist has toyed with a variety of genres throughout his career, from darker electronica to experimental pop, as well as collaborating with the likes of Audio Doughnuts/Deadplate's Will Ward for heavier sounds. For "Rainfall" he worked with instrumentation like tongue mallets, cymbals and synthesized bass, part results of working with veteran producer Asier Leatxe Ibanez d'Opakoa (Electric Lady Studios, NY), having assembled and disassembled his tracks meticulously, and processing them with vintage analogue gear.
Seneviratne was previously part of London's LuckyPDF art collective, and for this track he enlists the talents of Japanese-born, New York-based visual and sound artist Yoshihide Sodeoka to create a flurry of abstract technicolor motifs, evoking a chaotic vision of nature hurling towards a frantic cataclysm. Sodeoka's neo-psychedelic visuals are a perfectly tripped-out counterpart to Seneviratne's textured, earthy sounds.
Tropical is released on Soundway Records on August 4