Feels





Trippy, cerebral, and manic. These are all adjectives that come rushing out of the gates and into the open playing field when one listened to Animal Collective in the past. The Brooklyn based eclectic indie pop art rock band got their start in 2000 when Avey Tare (David Porter) and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) gave the world Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished on their own Animal imprint. Now, about five years later, and with a critically acclaimed album from 2004 (Sung Tongs) under their belts, Animal Collective is back in the spotlight again with Feels via Fatcat Records. However, there is one main difference now; the adjectives that come to mind this time are heartwarming, quirky, and infectious. Feels showcases the now four-piece group (they added Deaken and Geologist to the lineup) in a new direction and light. Dare I say they are now more accessible and/or conventional? They still have the insanely catchy hooks as before, but it all sounds a little more epic now. "Did You See The Words", the opening track, sounds like it could be a Polyphonic Spree B-side with the happy feel good campfire attitude it possesses. "The Purple Bottle" has a wicked tribal drumbeat that carries the song only second to the quickly thrown out sing along lyrics (especially at the six minute mark). The surprise comes in halfway through the album with "Bees". From here on out, Animal Collective switches gears and puts more focus on ambient and slow building sprawls rather than the before mentioned pop hits. One of the best tracks on the album, "Loch Raven" doesn't really start to begin until about thirty seconds into the song. From there the patented tribal drum and floating breathy lyrics grab hold of the listener and electronic magic is made. If you are new to Animal Collective, Feels is undoubtedly the perfect album to introduce yourself with the band. The catch is you are going to have to wait until October for when it comes out.

Animal Collective
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