Track of the Day: Panther God – “Golden Changes”
The title track from Panther God’s LP Golden Changes (2014, Outside Recordings) is a hip-hop influenced, jazz-infused song that is as satisfying as it is complex. Panther God (aka Paul Gaeta) is known for his cerebral tracks, which reach new heights while firmly grounded in the pulsations of perfectly crafted beats. The whole album is an exploration of this balance, and this particular song exemplifies this blend.
The song begins with a tour through sound bytes that is akin to a radio tuning through stations, catching fragments of phrases, distorted, clipped beats, and the sound of a phone dialing before it launches straight into the beat, a satisfying, deep bass that allows for higher pitches to come in and out while maintaining their own rhythms. There’s a pleasing dissonance when sounds match tonally but don’t match up temporally — sometimes higher notes are laid over lower tones seamlessly, at other points there’s a half-step off or even more between notes. Shimmering, more computerized sounds move, wave-like, above these notes, and occasionally another voice or sound (the growl of a big cat, a vibrato-infused vocal sample) will flicker in and out to add yet another layer.
This is a perfect track for late nights. Whether you’re at a party, a club, or driving down a windy road at the witching hour, this track should be turned up. The whole album is available for your perusal on SoundCloud. Panther God also released The Blue Ridge Mix last year via Bandcamp. Be on the lookout for Sensible Reason’s coverage of Xero God, his new project with hip-hop artist Musashi Xero, coming soon.