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Strange sounding and inconsistent folk.

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2009-animal-collective-merriweather-post-pavilion

Animal Collective is in my opinion the latest most innovative band from NY. They keep going deeper into freak folk and psychedelic vocal experimentantion in such a way that every record they release I like better than the predecessor.
Merriweather Post Pavilion keeps the tradition and is my fav AC album to date.
Everything sounds like a perfect polished one-peace. The music is more synthetic, and the upbeat goes on and on during the whole album, making the whole thing really happy and inspiring.

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Dark Captain Light Captain is a folk + delicate synths outfit from England.
The music is very pleasurable and quite reminds me of nice stuff like José Gonzalez and Tape.

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Little Kingdom is a joyful psychedelic electric folk adventure. A revisit to Grateful Dead domains with modern synthesized elements.
A delight for guitar lovers, both acoustic and electric – I love the hypnotic arpeggios.

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After listening to the Jonsi‘s solo album, (which sounds like minimal experimental, and reminds me of Múm), I had some very good expectations about the forthcoming Sigur Rós‘ album.
It started playing and I was just “WTF? Animal Collective?“. But Jonsi‘s voice is clearly distinguishable.
Wow, what a step.

This freak folk spirit is one extreme of the album. The other one is the already known sad-weeping Sigur Rós (which is good, but I can’t take more than 5 minutes).

The album goes from the freak folk corner to the post-rock edge slowly. Song by song.

It’s very good to see they just haven’t stood on their own trademarked sound. They’re live and expanding their scope.

Gobbledigook, the first video -and track- of the album shows nude people running and playing in a grove. Matching the album cover.
The video it instantly reminded me of a scene on the movie Shortbus, by John Cameron Mitchell. And a friend of me noticed that the CD cover looks similar to the cover of the movie Idioterne, by Lars von Trier.

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Visiter is a balanced blend of freak and classic folk with strong rock structures.
But 60 minutes are too much for their formula, I haven’t found it catchy enough.

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I’d love somebody related to O Fracas tell them to STICK TO THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR!!!

O Fracas is a band from Leeds. (it’s good if you like british accent as I do).
They’re good at their instruments, the vocal sounds great. Everythings seems right.
The album starts with some elaborated indie rock songs, they remind me of Foals, but somehow not ready yet.
Then they suddenly put in an acoustic track and it’s totally OMG. They rock on the acoustic tracks.
All of them sound creative and mature.
Seriously, if the whole album was as good as the acoustic tracks Fits and Starts would be a major happening.
Good album still. Nice band to keep one eye on.

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