Gold Panda Shares New Track and Video Pink & Green
US Summer Tour Dates Announced
Good Luck and Do Your Best out May 27th on City Slang
Gold Panda is set to release his new album Good Luck And Do Your Best on May 27th via City Slang. Today hes sharing new track and video Pink & Green from the forthcoming record.
Filmed in Japan, the Pink & Green video shares footage of the experiences and inspirations that led to Gold Pandas forthcoming album. Director Laura Lewis explains Derwin (Gold Panda) and I travelled to Japan twice in 2014 to collate photography for what would become the cover art for Derwin's third album, Good Luck and Do Your Best, elements of Derwin's live visuals, and a photography book (also named Good Luck and Do Your Best).
It was my first time in Japan and I was keen to capture as much as humanly possible, so whilst I was shooting stills, I also filmed as many of our travels and adventures as possible. Pink & Green is therefore a mini documentary / behind the scenes glimpse of what happened along the way. It features some of the wonderful people we met, inspiring places we visited, and beautiful friends in Japan who helped make the trips so memorable.
Watch the Pink & Green video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYCCkJBtdgI
Gold Panda is also set to play a string of US tour dates this summer. Full set of dates is below.
May 19 - Rome - Spring Attitude Festival
May 26 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
May 28 - Amsterdam - Marktkantine
May 30 - London - Tufnell Park Dome
June 1 - New York - Bowery Ballroom
June 2 - Los Angeles - Echoplex
Juen 11 - London - Field Day Festival
June 16 - Barcelona - Parc del Forum
August 28 – Los Angeles - FYF
Good Luck And Do Your Best was initially planned to be something else entirely. Early in 2014 the electronic artist most comfortable with the moniker Derwin Panda set out to Japan for the first of a pair of trips – the latest of many visits to a place he holds most dear. This time a photographer, Laura Lewis, accompanied him as Derwins plan was to collect both audio field recordings from his trip across the country as well as accompanying visuals, with Laura tasked to capture what they saw and encountered together. The idea was to be able to put together something other than a traditional record; a sight and sound documentary of his time there, but the expedition ended up being the catalyst for a new record.
It began with an album title. Halfway through the first trip we bought rail tickets and rode across the country and went to Hiroshima. Derwin explains. One afternoon we had taken a taxi, and as we got out, the Japanese taxi drivers parting words to us as we left, were good luck and do your best.
It was [the driver] speaking in English. He didnt know English that well, but theres a Japanese phrase called ganbatte, kudasai. And roughly translated, it basically means do your best, or it can also mean good luck.
As a result of that chance interaction, Derwin says, he had the title for an album as well as a starting basis for the music. Once you have a title, for me, things come together a lot easier for what its going to be. Struck by the phrase, he ended up being led by the experience to make a record that is, to him quite motivational, quite positive.
Sonically, Derwin characterised the record by way of the visual inspiration he took from his Japanese trips. I went over twice. Once in April, once in October, and theyre the best times to visit, because the weather is calm - its not too hot or too cold.
The album was recorded at home in Chelmsford, but I had that visual inspiration or documentation from Japan. So it was a look back. If you go in those months, Japan has this light that we dont get here. Its hard to explain. You know how LA has this dusk feeling? - that orange light that makes the place glow, and the neon signs? Well, Japan has this… at certain times of the year, it has this filter on stuff. So when we went the first time, there were a lot of pink and green colors. Mainly the buildings and cars and the people, and I think Laura captured those colors really well.
Those sights and colors translated to a record that differs notably from his previous album, Half Of Where You Live. Whereas that record was occasionally taut, perhaps harder and more piecing, the 11 songs that comprise Good Luck And Do Your Best have a distinctly warmer palate, one that echoes Lucky Shiner a little more, albeit with a clearer range of sounds, and also, to Derwins mind, one where the tracks arent popping out against each other. Its a [complete] record.
Having finished recording his album, Derwin took the songs to fellow musician and producer Luke Abbott, wherein Luke made it sound good, he put it into his magic smelter, Derwin laughs. Mixing it at Lukes studio, which similar to Gold Pandas place of work, resides in his parents house in Norwich, reinforced the nature of the record in Derwins mind. It has a homely feel. The tracks were made at home and they were mixed at Lukes studio, so throughout the process, theres always been access to family and your local surroundings. And banana bread.
Good Luck and Do Your Best is Gold Panda at his most relaxed & confident. Doused in a chalky Japanese-inspired haze and underpinned with a positivity & strength of conviction founded in being created amongst familiar settings & routines, its a record that is explorative and expansive, yet hearteningly warm & familiar.
You dont control the music you make. The tracks need to reveal themselves, Derwin muses. Personally I dont think I can choose to make it how I want. But whether the 12 tracks that make up Good Luck and Do Your Best found him, or he found them, the result is a definitive & decisive chapter in Gold Pandas trilogy: an album of vivid imagery & color. I achieved a… piece he remarks. The tracks arent popping out against each other. Its a record.