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Time Skiffs

    Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective nearing 20, still in search of what’s next.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Dragon Slayer
    2. Car Keys
    3. Prester John
    4. Strung With Everything
    5. Walker
    6. Cherokee
    7. Passer-by
    8. We Go Back
    9. Royal And Desire

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    Feels - 2021 Reissue

      ‘Feels’ is Animal Collective’s sixth studio album, originally released in 2008. The album features all four band members - Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist and Panda Bear.

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      Did You See The Words
      Grass
      Flesh Canoe
      The Purple Bottle
      Bees
      Banshee Beat
      Daffy Duck
      Loch Raven
      Turn Into Something

      Animal Collective

      Sung Tongs - 2021 Reissue

        ‘Sung Tongs’ is the band's fifth studio album. Originally released in 2005, the album features Avey Tare and Panda Bear.

        TRACK LISTING

        Leaf House
        Who Could Win A Rabbit
        The Softest Voice
        Winters Love
        Kids On Holiday
        Sweet Road
        Visiting Friends
        College
        We Tigers
        Mouth Wooed Her
        Good Lovin Outside
        Whaddit I Done

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        Crestone

          Set in the desert of Crestone, Colorado over the course of eight days and set to an original score composed by Animal Collective's Geologist & Deakin. Crestone follows a group of SoundCloud rappers who live in solitude, growing weed and making music for the internet. When an old friend arrives to make a movie, reality and fiction begin to blur.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: It's a bit of a different vibe for Animal Collective this time round, with their notoriously clangy arty-indie replaced with brittle atmospherics and suitable filmic drones. It's a big step, but a perfectly fitting soundtrack and a testament to the continued skill of this Maryland crew.

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          Bridge To Quiet

            Animal Collective present the physical release for ‘Bridge To Quiet’, out on Domino.

            The band took some of their unreleased improvisations, remixed them, collaged them and built them into fully formed songs, finding their way to ‘Bridge To Quiet’.

            Animal Collective consists of musicians Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb) and Geologist (Brian Weitz), who play in various configurations on each album. Their expansive catalogue spans the entirety of the 2000s, including ‘Strawberry Jam’, ‘Feels’ and ‘Sung Tongs’. With the release of ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, named after the Baltimore venue, they established themselves as one of the most acclaimed acts of the 21st Century.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Bridge To Quiet shows the Animal Collective in a more expansive, avant-ambient mood, with these stunning shadowy vocals and electronic artifacts mixed with glitched synths and off-kilter snappy percussion.

            TRACK LISTING

            Rain In Cups
            Piggy Knows
            Sux-Bier Passage
            Bridge To Quiet

            Tangerine Reef is a full-length audio-visual album by Animal Collective (Avey Tare, Deakin and Geologist), in collaboration with Coral Morphologic, to commemorate the 2018 International Year of the Reef. Tangerine Reef is a visual tone poem consisting of time-lapse and slow pans across surreal aqua-scapes of naturally fluorescent coral and cameos by alien-like reef creatures (note: no CGI or artificial enhancement was used in this film). Tangerine Reef is the sight and sound of a literal underwater collective of animals.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Another brilliantly off-piste outing from Animal Collective. Scattered percussion, haunting shadowy vocals and that effervescent duality of low-fi production values and hi-fi songwriting make this yet another stormer from the AC camp.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Hair Cutter
            2. Buffalo Tomato
            3. Inspector Gadget
            4. Buxom
            5. Coral Understanding
            6. Airpipe (To A New Transition)
            7. Jake And Me
            8. Coral By Numbers
            9. Hip Sponge
            10. Coral Realization
            11. Lundsten Coral
            12. Palythoa
            13. Best Of Times (Worst Of All)

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            Sung Tongs

              Animal Collective’s 2004 critical breakthrough, Sung Tongs, is being re-released on the band’s own label, My Animal Home. Sung Tongs generated critical acclaim upon its release and was featured in year-end best-of lists of the decade. They continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television.

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              Painting With

              For fifteen years Animal Collective has been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where to from here?

              Dizzyingly upbeat and gloriously realized, their new LP bounces and pops with an urgent, ecstatic energy, propelled by polyrhythmic beats and gurgling modular synth, with Noah Lennox and Dave Portner’s vocals gleefully falling in and out of syncopation and off-kilter harmony.

              Working as a trio, Portner (Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) began trading demos in early 2015, pursuing a goal of what Portner calls “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The three met up in Asheville during that Spring and began exploring the songs together. Recording took place in the legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood, home to sessions by The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. The album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson, and was engineered by Sonny DiPerri.

              The result: Painting With. Warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition, concerned with art (cubism, Dadaism, and the distorted way those artists viewed the world) and the human experience, and the meeting of both - creating something elemental, joyous, and unmistakably Animal Collective.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: From the very first moment, 'Painting With' grabs your attention through a mix of exuberant lyricism and vocal delivery, underpinned by frenetic psychedelic instrumentation. Part surf-psych, part art-pop, this is undoubtedly an Animal Collective record, and quite possibly the best one yet.

              TRACK LISTING

              01. FloriDada
              02. Hocus Pocus
              03. Vertical
              04. Lying In The Grass
              05. The Burglars
              06. Natural Selection
              07. Bagels In Kiev
              08. On Delay
              09. Spilling Guts
              10. Summing The Wretch
              11. Golden Gal
              12. Recycling

              Animal Collective

              Centipede Hz - Deluxe Edition

              ‘Centipede Hz’ is the tenth full length Animal Collective album, following the widely celebrated ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ (2009), and also the first since ‘Strawberry Jam’ (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin.

              As the album’s opening bars of drum crashes and radio interference on ‘Moonjock’ immediately make clear, having returned as a four piece, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Ryan says: They had a tough act to follow with their last release lurking close behind, but it looks like they've done it! Expect a mixing pot of tones from dark dance-pop to even darker krautrock.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Moonjock
              2. Today's Supernatural
              3. Rosie Oh
              4. Applesauce
              5. Wide Eyed
              6. Father Time
              7. New Town Burnout
              8. Monkey Riches
              9. Mercury Man
              10. Pulleys
              11. Amanita

              Animal Collective

              Merriweather Post Pavilion

                Perhaps one of the most talked-about aspects of the eighth Animal Collective album is its optical illusion cover art - oddly acting as a pre-cursor to the sonic invention within. Ever the experimentalists, the New York-based indie troupe decamped to Mississippi for this offering, resulting in the usual vaguely-avant indie pop, but with a definite focus and a more accessible vibe. Listening to "Merriweather Post Pavilion" you'll hear echoes of everything they've recorded to date, especially the mesmeric and melodic repetition of Panda Bear's last solo opus "Person Pitch". Production duty comes from friend of the band Ben Allen.


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