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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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