The hype for Danny Perez and Animal Collective’s not quite feature film, not quite short film, ODDSAC, may be tapering off, but Perez has been busy tackling the music video visuals for Noah Lennox’s solo project, Panda Bear. Much like Animal Collective, Panda Bear’s ambient, electronic siren-callings are muffled and obscured, sounding as if they’ve been recorded underwater or transmitted via a poor satellite signal from somewhere far, far away. Perez’s notable visual style mimics their dream-like aesthetic through an abstracted barrage of images that, while they don’t fully form a narrative, definitely tell a story.
We took a look at some of Perez’s most recent work to try to see if we can decode these dreamscapes (or nightmares?) with the help of a very handy Dream Dictionary. Below you’ll find our analyses of “Alsatian Darn” and “You Can Count On Me” (two tracks off of Panda Bear’s recent 7" Tomboy):
A former Vietnam soldier revisits the 1963 image of his wife the first time he saw her protesting the war. The saluting gesture suggests her respect and reverence for her husband, although the movement of her free-falling construes an emotional overhang that puts strain on the couple’s relationship. Fireworks and nudity symbolize a fiery, healthy relationship, while the zebra printed rings represent balance and harmony. Conclusion: Make love, not war.
“You Can Count On Me”
A stay at home mother of five regresses back to summer camp, symbolizing her longing for relaxation and getting more in touch with nature. The burning camel in the fire represents her stamina, but is also an indication that she has too many responsibilities and tends to cling to, perhaps even bury, her emotions. We predict that when she wakes up she will have newfound energy to balance all her PTA meetings, tennis lessons and shopping for Tina and Tom’s second birthday party outfits.
Conclusion: Home is where the heart is (so long as there’s plenty of Valium).
Part of the magic of dreaming is that interpretation is so delicately subjective. Watch “Tomboy” below and tell us what you see in the comments. (Here’s a dream dictionary you can use for help.)