Young Prayer

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Young Prayer
Studio album by Panda Bear
Released September 28, 2004
Genre Experimental, folk, ambient
Length 27:58
Label Paw Tracks
Panda Bear chronology
Panda Bear
Young Prayer
Person Pitch
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[2]

Young Prayer is the second solo album released by Animal Collective member Noah Lennox (stage name Panda Bear.) The album was a critical success, even being labeled "Best New Music" by Pitchfork. Notably, none of the songs on the album has a title because Lennox wanted the album to be "one nugget of sound. I put the track markers in there just to separate the sections."[3]
The songs were all written around the time of the death of Lennox' father. About this fact, Lennox said:

In another Interview, Lennox got into detail about this:

The whole album was written in a very quick process and recorded with Animal Collective member Deakin in "two or three days or something."[5]
According to the artist, it "is very classically influenced. All the weird baroque flourishes and stuff in terms of the way I’m singing. And that was definitely intentional, I set out to do something that sounded like that."[5]
The album was produced and mixed entirely without Lennox by Rusty Santos and the rest of Animal Collective. Though it was changed quite a bit during the post-production, Lennox was "very happy with the way it sounded"[6] when he received the result.

Track listing[edit]

  1. untitled (2:57)
  2. untitled (2:03)
  3. untitled (1:05)
  4. untitled (5:11)
  5. untitled (2:59)
  6. untitled (3:09)
  7. untitled (3:11)
  8. untitled (2:48)
  9. untitled (4:45)


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ a b Interview The Milk Factory, April 2005
  4. ^ MOTHER NATURE’S SONS: Animal Collective and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti by Simon Reynolds, The Wire, 2005
  5. ^ a b Hatch-Miller, R. "Dusted Feature: Panda Bear," Dusted Magazine.
  6. ^ Interview, Má Fama radio, January 8, 2007