Sequential Circuits

Album: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This is titled after a California-based synthesizer company that was founded in the early 1970s and made many breakthroughs in the following 15 years, before being taken over by Yamaha in 1987. Noah Bear told Fader magazine: "I feel weird about company names being song titles—maybe if I had used Sequential Circuits equipment it would make more sense."

    "The song is about mental systems and ways of thinking - particularly, how we think of ourselves," he added. "I like that there's a really long tail at the end of the song - it's a cool way to start an album. It's like when an orchestra is warming up: there's tones in the beginning, there's silence, and then the music starts. There's this anticipation of, 'Is it gonna start now?'"

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