Animal Collective

What's it called?: 
Centipede Hz
What does it sound like?: 
Pre-publicity suggests they've recorded this in a more 'live' setting, and it shows, although there is no shortage of electronic instrumentation and sampled loops you get the sense you're hearing the vocals, percussion and guitars reacting to the electronics rather than being layered on top of them. The Beach Boys harmonies are all present and correct, and these are constantly fluctuating and restless songs that veer all over the place with enough chord changes and time signature fluctations to keep Prog fans happy, and amid the usual clatter and madness plenty of pop hooks and sweet melodic moments. Nothing quite reaches the giddy heights of Brother Sport or My Girls from the last album. Some of the songs are difficult to grasp on first listen, which suggests this is one that will reveal itself with repeated listens and there are more than enough intriguing moments and odd little melodies that will ensure I'll have it on heavy rotation.
What does it all *mean*?: 
My musical 'era' has seen countless bands try and marry dance and rock music but few (maybe Primal Scream) have approached it the way AC have by harmonising those two elements in a seamless way to create something entirely new.
Goes well with …: 
This is one that requires some proper attention, so headphones on and preferably a walk or a train journey or maybe just switch all the lights off and like..get into it!
Might suit people who like …: 
Hard to say but...Beach Boys, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Ariel Pink, Gentle Giant, Super Furry Animals, My Bloody Valentine, J Dilla, MadLib, Beck. Oh and check the unexpected sample of the Radio One jingle for DJ Johnnie Walker....


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