The boldness with which Pandagolff throw themselves into new stylistic directions is perhaps the duo’s most brilliant trait. The project’s first two albums (PANDANCE and MEMAMEMA, both 2020) went full-throttle for a kind of feverish, industrial dance-punk, unflinchingly moody in style and tone but also playful and grooved in execution. Third work Sweetie Sweets Medicine retains much of Pandagolff’s prior charm – including, vitally, their loose, raw rattles and crunching guitar tone – but again aims for fresh pastures. Entertaining elements of synthpop, indie pop and psychedelia, it’s difficult to think of many more adventurous and exciting post-punk bands right now.
Listen to “Bin wo otoshita” below.