Archive for the ‘Freak’ Category


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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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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Despite the homonymous track is a frentic confusion, Water Curse EP shows that Animal Colletctive continues in abstract and atmospheric directions.
Particularly I hope there are more tracks like Water Curse in their next full release.

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Animal Collective - Sung Tongs

first I’ve listened by Animal Collective.

Honestly, when I finished the first audition I thought it’s a very inconsistent album, and tha some tracks were totally dispensable.

After lots of listenings my opinion changed, but just a little bit.
Now I think this is a very inconsistent album, therefore you need to pay attention to see Animal Collective‘s beauty.

Some tracks are too downtempo/ambient.
Those are the tracks I found dispensable at the beginning. Now I think you must be in the right mood to appreciate it.K

Kids on Holiday for instance, is a very monotone track. But it’s the perfect soundtrack for monotone moments. Like a ‘potentiator’.

I think the best shots of Sung Tongs are on the first half of the album.
Leaf House, Who Could Win a Rabbit and Winters Love are very fine and quirky at the same time. Its energy flows out impressevely.

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