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Isn’t It Now?

    Distinguishing itself from Animal Collective’s expansive catalog, Isn’t It Now? is the first Animal Collective album since Centipede Hz (2012) that was recorded with all four members in the same room at the same time. To bring it all together, the band enlisted multi-Grammy winning producer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Al Green, Alicia Keys, The Dandy Warhols) to co-produce alongside the band.

    Across its 9 tracks, Isn’t It Now? has something for everyone from the catchy bassline on the highly-repeatable single “Gem & I” to the heady 22min centrepiece “Defeat” which we recently released on 12”.



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Never one to stick with a formula, the weird and wonderful Animal Collective return for 'Isn't It Now?', fusing the oddball jank of their wild earlier records with a more relaxed, mature pace. The off-piste 22-minute epic of 'Defeat' on the c-side is a particular highlight.

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    Defeat

      Animal Collective release new single “Defeat.” Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Kamasi Washington, The Roots), the 22-minute epic is an unapologetic ode to perseverance and hope, to “staying grounded like the spruce” when the very land seems to shift beneath us. “What have we become?” Avey Tare sings in an irrepressible hook, shouting the question in a way that exclaims we might still become something more. The song’s slow-motion finale feels like a fantasia vision of what’s to come—a quieter place where we can thrive together, not apart. This is the beautiful and redemptive saga of the Animal Collective condensed into one unforgettable suite, a song for holding fast even as the world spins ahead, ever faster.

      Limited edition 12-inch features the B-side “The Challenge (Live Edit)." “The Challenge” is a completely improvised track that has only been played in front of a live audience and originated as an unrehearsed intro to the song “Strung With Everything” while the band was on tour last year. The recorded version that appears on the 12-inch was collaged together from 11 different shows between March and September of 2022.

      “The only time it was even discussed was after shows late in the touring cycle when it took on its own identity,” says Geologist. “‘How did we feel about the Strung intro?’ often provided the answer to ‘how was the show?’ But the discussion always ended at what happened that night, without any detailed critique, and never with how it might happen the next. We became aware the same discussions were happening amongst our fans, who were recording, uploading and listening to the shows each night. They took notice and named the section ‘The Challenge.’ This edit is for them.”

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      Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished - 2023 Reissue

        Chiming laments for a childhood's end, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished opens with the phrase "want to hear a secret, I know one," suggesting these secrets just might be buried deep within the flocks of high frequencies, electronic glitches, bleeps and swells that follow. The duo's approach is similar to Love's (circa Forever Changes), with Avey Tare's picked acoustic guitar flowing in perfect syncopation with Panda Bear's tumbling drum kit. But the layers of tonal and atonal electronics that fatten the thinner pulse of the songwriter's vision make this album resemble something closer to modern electronic composition. The songs range from speedy patchwork pieces to slower piano melodies, a somehow coherent yet very fragile brand of psychedelic music - their grasp of pop hooks and dynamics being counterbalanced by a love of noise / friction and musical anarchy; their songs wavering on the tightrope between deeply affecting beauty and unrestrained chaos. Whilst the band have gone on to rightfully become one of the most name-dropped and influential groups of the past two decades, this debut effort reminds us of where they came from and remains a truly stunning and unique album.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Spirit They've Vanished (Remastered 2023)
        2. April And The Phantom (Remastered 2023)
        3. Untitled (Remastered 2023)
        4. Penny Dreadfuls (Remastered 2023)
        5. Chocolate Girl (Remastered 2023)
        6. Everyone Whistling (Remastered 2023)
        7. La Rapet (Remastered 2023)
        8. Bat You'll Fly (Remastered 2023)
        9. Someday I'll Grow To Be As Tall As The Giant (Remastered 2023)
        10. Alvin Row (Remastered 2023)

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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.

            TRACK LISTING

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

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            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

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                  Ballet Slippers

                    Animal Collective’s live album ‘Ballet Slippers’, set for release via Domino, is an homage to the 10- Year Anniversary of their modern classic, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’. Recorded in the midst of the band’s extensive and acclaimed nine-month tour in 2009, the album features ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’’s greatest hits alongside favourites from ‘Strawberry Jam’, ‘Sung Tongs’, ‘Feels’ and ‘Danse Manatee’. Mixed by Ajay Saggar and edited by Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), the release is culled from several shows from that album’s North American tour and sequenced to reflect a full concert experience, complete with song transitions and interludes, creating a captivating document of the genre- defying group

                    TRACK LISTING

                    In The Flowers (Live June 2, 2009 Boulder, CO)
                    Who Could Win A Rabbit (Live June 9, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
                    Summertime Clothes (Live June 9, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
                    Bleed (Live May 30, 2009 Las Vegas, NV)
                    Guys Eyes (Live June 9, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
                    My Girls (Live May 30, 2009 Las Vegas, NV)
                    Banshee Beat (Live June 2, 2009 Boulder, CO)
                    Lion In A Coma (Live June 9, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
                    No More Runnin’ (Live May 29, 2009 Los Angeles, CA)
                    Lablakely Dress/Fireworks (Live June 9, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
                    Daily Routine (Live May 30, 2009 Las Vegas, NV)
                    Brothersport (Live June 2, 2009 Boulder, CO)

                    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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                      Hollinndagain

                        At the beginning there were two of them - Avey Tare and Panda Bear - banging drums and tweaking synths in their bedrooms, singing strange and sometimes heartbreaking songs about imaginary friends and childhood pets. Carried along by washes of squalling feedback, the music was noisy, and it was weird, but it was, at heart, pop music. This was the start of Animal Collective. For fifteen years Dave Porter (Tare), Noah Lennox (Bear), Brian “Geologist” Weitz and Josh “Deakin” Dibb have 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 now from here? Hollinndagain is the third full length collection of songs by the band. This time including members Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist. It is a document of songs that were performed live in the first half of 2001. The first 3 are from an on-air performance on WFMU, and the latter four are from live shows around NYC and on their first tour with Black Dice. No studio recordings were ever made with the exception of Lablakely Dress, which originally appeared on Danse Manatee. It was originally released in a limited edition of 300 handpainted LPs on St. Ives Records (a Secretly Canadian imprint). It was then reissued in 2006 by Paw Tracks as PAW12.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side 1
                        1. I See You Pan
                        2. Pride And Fight

                        Side 2
                        1. Forest Gospel
                        2. There's An Arrow
                        3. Lablakely Dress
                        4. Tell It To The Mountain
                        5. Pumpkin Gets A Snakebite 

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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

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                        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

                        ‘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

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                        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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                          Strawberry Jam

                            Initial work for "Strawberry Jam" started in September 2005 as Animal Collective prepared to tour Europe for the release of the band's 2005 album, "Feels". The process immediately became a very intense and emotional one and they all agreed on a desire to preserve the rawness of the songs that was happening during the initial writing sessions. Animal Collective was very attached to these songs in a live setting and to preserve the live stage energy was a mission. Though the melodies and lyrics for "Strawberry Jam" were written by Panda Bear and Avey Tare in various places such as Paris, New York, Lisbon and Baltimore, there were also three intense full-band writing sessions with Geologist and Deacon. These production sessions occurred in both Lisbon and in NYC. So, while the songs might seem to come from all over the map emotionally, it was important to match that geographical variation sonically. It's an amazing record, which should finally mark some sort of crossover for them. It bears all of their unique and charming hallmarks but with vocals and melody much more to the foreground.

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                            Here Comes The Indian

                              At the beginning there were two of them - Avey Tare and Panda Bear - banging drums and tweaking synths in their bedrooms, singing strange and sometimes heartbreaking songs about imaginary friends and childhood pets. Carried along by washes of squalling feedback, the music was noisy, and it was weird, but it was, at heart, pop music. This was the start of Animal Collective. For fifteen years Dave Porter (Tare), Noah Lennox (Bear), Brian "Geologis” Weitz and Josh “Deakin” Dibb have 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 now from here? Here Comes The Indian is the fifth full length album, and first to include all four members of Animal Collective (Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin). It was recorded over a few days in Brooklyn in 2002 at Rare Book Room Studios with Nicolas Vernhes. Additional overdubs were done at Avey’s apartment that same year. Here Comes The Indian was also the first album to use the name Animal Collective and the first release on Paw Tracks. It was originally released on Paw Tracks in 2003 as PAW1.



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