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Animal Collective are determined to overwhelm you. They do it with an unrelenting sound that mixes and matches genres with absurd speed and impeccable craft. Their music is a maze that is difficult to escape once you're submerged in the mix. "Applesauce" is simply insane, a manic panic that screams about fruit. "Wide Eyed" tightens up before loosening into a Magical Mystery Tour of psychedelic tones and elliptical drum circle dance grooves that are set up to trip anyone who dares to dance. Tempo shifts, key changes, ambient textures, pop rock tropes, hummable melodies and abstract concepts converge in unpredictable configurations. "New Town Burnout" is so dense and haunted that it's near impossible to suss out the influences, unless trampling orchestras can be considered an "influence." Though in the past, members wandered in and out of a project, all four contributors are on deck for this release. At times hypnotic ("Monkey Riches," "Amanita") and often jarring (take your pick), Centipede Hz may be the most challenging release of 2012.

Customer Reviews

Astonishing

I really don't understand why everyone is saying that this album is particularly unaccessible, it's pretty much on a par with Merriweather Post Pavillion except they've gone a little bit heavier, which is to be expected with the return of Deakin. They've also let Ben Green put the vocals to the forefront of the mix which is an interesting development, they really are the most incredibly innovative band out there. Modern psychedelia is the future of music. Stand out tracks at the moment are Moonjock, Today's Supernatural, Rosie Oh, Applesauce and Monkey Riches, but that's only two listens in. It works very well as an album and the transitions between tracks are great; it flows beautifully like a stream of radio static and paint. fantastic

Content

Whether or not you enjoy the album or Animal collective as a whole, it's at least admirable that they're not resting on any defined style, unless that style is noise music which is not a totally inaccurate description of this album.

I found centipede HZ to be a grower - after a few days of listening, certain tracks are very likeable to me. Definitely a more challenging album than their most recent efforts, if you didn't like them before, I doubt this will endear the band to you in any way.

Genius? Almost!

Theres no doubt that this album will confound fans of AC who came in around MPP and know little of their music prior to it. If you liked Danse Manatee, Spirit they've gone etc and the music from Oddsac, then Centipede Hz won't be a huge departure. Granted, it still takes a handful of listens before songs stand out and it begins to sound like a cohesive album. The highlights do far are Moonjock, Rosie Oh, Father Time and New Town Burnout.

For the first time with an AC album there are a couple of songs that don't work at all for me; Wide Eyed and Monkey Riches. Personally, I would have preferred Gotham and Honeycomb.

It's a great album but it doesn't quite reach the MPP, Strawberry Jam and Feels heights.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Animal Collective were formed in Baltimore County, Maryland, by longtime friends and musical collaborators Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). With a penchant for genre-hopping and studio experimentation, the group began drawing comparisons to everyone from the Residents and the Flaming Lips to the Incredible String Band and the Holy Modal Rounders. Solo and side projects proved to be a continual occupation for most of the group's...
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