Panda Bear Mini-Documentary
Recently releasing his brand new solo album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, a.k.a. Noah Lennox, has shared a special mini-documentary detailing the making of the record. TitledGreeting the Reaper, the Sam Fleischner-directed video follows Lennox back to his home in Lisbon, Portugal, as he and co-producer Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember discuss the album, its inspiration, and how it came to be in various locales, including a zoo. Click below to watch.
Directed by Sam Fleischner
Produced by @howfollowswhat
Shot on location in Lisbon, Portugal
Lennox’s debut album Panda Bear was released in 1999 on Soccer Star Records. After focusing more on touring and recording with Animal Collective, he released the follow-upYoung Prayer in 2004 and the highly acclaimed third solo album Person Pitch in 2007. Of his songwriting style, Lennox says “I get impatient writing songs, I can’t spend more than a couple of hours before I get frustrated. So I got to kind of spit it out real fast. My favorite songs are the ones where I worked really really fast on, when it comes all out in like two hours or something.”
Lennox’s fourth album Tomboy was due to be released “near the end of 2010”. He started performing material from Tomboy on December 5, 2008 at a show with No Age in Miami, FL. During a brief European tour in January 2010, he played three shows consisting almost entirely of new material. On March 7, 2010, a tour setlist with titles for ten of the new songs was posted on Panda Bear’s MySpace blog. Panda Bear has also played Primavera Sound Festival in 2010. The single “Tomboy” and the b-side “Slow Motion” were released in July 2010. It was announced in August that singles “You Can Count on Me” and “Alsatian Darn” would be released via Domino on September 28. The limited 500 copies of “You Can Count On Me” sold out in less than a day. The single “Last Night at the Jetty” was released December 2010. The single “Surfer’s Hymn” was released March 28, 2011. Panda Bear’s fourth album “Tomboy” was released April 12, 2011 on his own label, Paw Tracks.
His song “Comfy In Nautica” appears in ABC’s 2010 global warming movie Earth 2100
Lennox was chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival that he planned to curate in December 2011 in Minehead, England. However, Lennox was unable to play when the event was rescheduled to March 2012.
In June 2013, Panda Bear performed a set of all new material at ATP. In October 2014, the Mr Noah EP was released, featuring four new songs. The full album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, was released in January 2015.