08
Mar
09

Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

Early in January of this year, Animal Collective released their 8th studio album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, named after the amazing outdoor venue in Maryland – where most of the band members grew up.  This record is fantastically good and I’ve basically been listening to it on repeat since I bought it.  

The Album art, an optical illusion!

The Album art, a neat optical illusion!

Animal Collective is made up of 4 members:  Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin, though this album doesn’t have Deakin featured on it as he took a bit of a hiatus from the band.  

I’ve had people ask and I have to say they’re a bit hard to classify, as far as a genre goes.. noise/experimental/indie… it’s hard to put a finger on it.  I think probably “weird” about sums it up for a lot of their music they’ve put out.

That being said, Panda Bear has been quoted as saying that Merriweather is their best recorded album, and I really have to agree.  It’s much more melodic than a lot of their previous work, and the vocals and harmonies have more power and weight to them.  Combine that with their willingness to do a lot of crazy experimental shit, some great samplers, and you’ve got an album that is turning them into a household name and booking them some great venues.

Here’s a video for their single, My Girls:

and here’s the music for the song Summertime Clothes:

It makes me pretty happy that this weird little noise-rock band has gotten such critical acclaim from this album.. I think it’s pretty well deserved.  Plus it means they’re playing festivals like Sasquatch, and they’re even coming to play a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland!  

I’ll for sure be there.  

-bex

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