So I’ve heard this song a whole bunch of times now, and every time I listen to it I’m like, “I don’t remember that happening? Wait? What? It’s over? What just happened?” All I can remember is some crazy splosh of colourful sounds and Avey Tare‘s yelps. That being said – I like it.
Obviously this seems to imply a bit of a break from what they were doing on Merriweather Post Pavilion and feels more in-line with what they were doing on like Strawberry Jam, sort of. Actually, it sounds most like the kind of songwriting Tare explored on his under-appreciated solo album Down There. It’s almost like the band said, “Ok, we basically went and gave the kind of shit you – Panda Bear – were doing on Person Pitch the full band treatment – now we’re going to explore Tare’s ideas.”
In any case, it definitely feels like the band has decided to go in their most aggressive direction yet, which is exciting and will likely make for a more exciting live show as well. What I’m interested in now is to hear what Lennox/Panda Bear‘s song on this album sound like – is he working in the same vein? Are his songs the bright side of the Centipede Hz‘s moon, of which Tare’s are the dark side? If so – that would be pretty cool. But in any case, I think it’s highly improbable this album will be anything other than awesome – Animal Collective clearly isn’t done riding their peak yet.