Metanoia (song)

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Metanoia MGMT.jpg
Single by MGMT
Released August 18, 2008
Format 10" etched vinyl
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, synthpop, noise pop
Length 13:49
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser
MGMT singles chronology
"Electric Feel"

"Metanoia" is the special limited edition single release that was originally a b-side on MGMT's debut CD single "Time to Pretend". It was released August 18, 2008,[1] available in 10" etched vinyl.

"Metanoia" was named "Song of the Day" on September 16, 2008 by Rolling Stone, describing it as a "14-minute opus, which ranges from Donovan-ish acid ballads to interstellar synth-powered dirges to falsetto-laden theater rock."[2]

Track listing[edit]

"10 Vinyl EP/Digital Download
No. Title Length
1. "Metanoia" 14:14


"Metanoia" peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart in September 2008.[3]

In popular culture[edit]


  • Psychologist Carl Jung is the "mystic referee" referred to throughout the song. He is pictured wearing a referee's uniform on the title cover. Metanoia is also a psychoanalytic theory developed by Jung himself.[4]


  • Religious teacher Swami Satchidananda is also referenced several times throughout the song's entirety.[citation needed]. The term Satcitananda could also be in reference to the description of the subjective experience of Brahman, meaning "being, consciousness, bliss."


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