Since I know you probably have better things to do with your lives than obsess over music blogs, I’ll help spread the word. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective’s new album, leaked a few days ago. And it is beautiful (even beyond the trip-tastic album art.)
In all honesty, it’s not my favorite album of theirs. At first I thought it was overly repetitive and, considering it’s Animal Collective, tame. But second time around, it hit me. This album is repetitive in the same way that techno is repetitive: a certain acoustic elegance emerges from patterns and echoes. It allows you to focus in on various sounds by playing with slight variations in these patterns, and each time around the chorus you unravel different layers of sound. Or maybe I’m listening way too much into this (hey, I had to think of a way to justify my electrohouse obsessions somehow…) As for the album’s “tame-ness,” I guess I can appreciate a chill album every once in a while. BUT I EXPECT THE NEXT ONE TO BE OFF THE WALLS, MMKAY?
Anyway, in the end, who could turn down fiftyfour minutes of cheerful tinkling, ethereal reverberations, warm harmonies, and well… all of the other soundbyte goodies that come with an experimental-psychadelic-freakfolk-band? Not me, that’s who.