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Animal Collective – Another White Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to remember when Animal Collective were experimental, and this Residents=like track from their second album, 2001’s ‘Danse Manatee’ is a strong reminder. It’s recommended that one checks out the rest of the album if this tickles your fancy, as the band throw up shapes resembling everything from primitive Techno, through This Heat, to their friends and fellow travellers Black Dice. This was back when they felt as vital as the rest of the Brooklyn noughties scene.

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Animal Collective – Did You See The Words?

Opening track from the aptly titled ‘Feels’ from 2005. This is like the Beach boys tumbling outwards on an MDMA rush. This is a track for goosebumps, butterflies, and tingling neck hairs.

Animal Collective – April And The Phantom

From their very first album (originally credited to Avey Tare and Panda Bear, then later to AC), this track sounds like a cross between The Residents and the Beach Boys. Avey Tare’s childlike vocals see-saw over skittering drum patterns and fuzzy organ riffs.
Screams rub up against sweet melodies in a track that keeps you guessing and is a typically beautiful work from this Brooklyn based band; from their debut ‘Sprit They’ve gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished’ (1999).

Animal Collective – April & The Phantom

From their very first album (originally credited to Avey Tare and Panda Bear, then later to AC), this track sounds like a cross between The Residents and the Beach Boys. Avey Tare’s childlike vocals see-saw over skittering drum patterns and fuzzy organ riffs.
Screams rub up against sweet melodies in a track that keeps you guessing in what is a typically beautiful work from this Brooklyn based band.

Animal Collective – Guys Eyes

In light of yesterdays Beach Boys post, it only seems fitting to bring you an AC track where Panda Bear is truly channeling some Brian Wilson. This is from 2009’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’

Animal Collective – Water Curses

Lovely and joyous stuff from the bands 2008 ‘Water Curses’ EP.

Animal Collective – Fireworks

A song from 2007’s ‘Strawberry Jam’ album that suits the date over here in the UK.
Beautiful track from a brilliant album.

Animal Collective – Alvin Row

Probably the best song that AC have ever recorded; in fact it’s as if they crammed several of their best songs into these 12 minutes.
This was from their first album ‘Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit they’ve Vanished’ (1999); an album that could have done with much better production (not enough low end which leaves it all feeling somewhat tinny) yet still leaves the listener with the impression that they have heard something pretty special. It’s certainly still one of their greatest efforts, and was released some time before they were ‘cool’ (where do they stand now in the hip parade?).
This is a really, really beautiful piece of music that fits in with the overarching feel of melancholy that pervades their debut.
It was just Avey Tare and Panda Bear on this album by the way; and Panda Bear plays drums throughout. His skittery playing style is sorely missed in their later efforts.

Animal Collective – Hey Light

Very raw AC; with the emphasis on the ‘animal’ aspect.
This is different to what came before and since; and is far more in line with their friends and counterparts Black Dice.

From 2003’s ‘Here Comes The Indian’ album.

Animal Collective – Banshee Beat

“Cause either way you look at it, I’ll have my fits and you’ll have your fits but feeling is good.”

Amazing song. From ‘Feels’ (2005)

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