Panda Bear, Young Prayer

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Young Prayer

Panda Bear
An Animal Collective member’s response to his father’s death.

Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) is a longtime member of Animal Collective, New York's premier noise-folk troupe. But there is little like AC's cacophonous din on Young Prayer, Lennox's second officially released solo disc. The album was penned soon after his father's death, and though you wouldn't exactly know it by ear, there is a sense of mourning that pervades each performance. There is also, however, a sense of rebirth — the Hare Krishna claps and chants of track five, and even the distant and impossibly sad sighs of track seven (which sound like Gregorian chants) suggest a life beyond this one with their beauty.