Despite the fact that every blogger and his brother has been drooling endlessly over the new Animal Collective album, Merriwether Post Pavilion
, which came out earlier this year, I haven't been able to bring myself to listen to it. I know. Rescind my music blogger credentials immediately. But every time someone starts raving about Animal Collective (which happens, oh, I don't know, EVERY TIME I TALK TO SOMEONE lately) my eyes start rolling back in my head so hard that I can't hear what they are saying.
Who knows. Maybe I'll quit being so stubborn and finally pop this disc into my player and see what the fuss is about. Or maybe I'll put my hipster blinders on and head down to First Ave tonight to check them out in person. Here's a writeup from the print edition
by Rick Mason, for those who can withstand the annoyance of hype and dig a little deeper to see what this band is all about:
The obsessive sonic experimentation of Animal Collective has evolved over successive albums to the point that their ninth, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is not only an accomplished pastiche of the group's incantatory, electronic rhythm and drone psychedelia, but also their most accessible. Pop and melodic conceits are everywhere, suggesting links to the likes of Brian Wilson's Beach Boys and Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, even while AC's Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), and Geologist (Brain Weitz)--without Deakin (Josh Dibb) on this record--continue pushing sound frontiers. On "Daily Routine," for instance, keyboard skirmishes and throbbing rhythms pepper a languid pulse while vocals seem to pop out of random holes in the sound fabric. Simmering, spacey electronics and wistful vocals suddenly erupt into a thunderous rhythm assault on "In the Flowers." The sing-along chorus on "Summertime Clothes" is accompanied by corkscrewing electronic fireworks. And the soca-like rhythms and frenetic sound effects of "Brother Sport" suggest a carnival cavalcade that's just getting underway. Eschewing the oppressiveness of some electronica, AC are all about unveiling the giddy joys of the sound universe. With Grouper. All ages. $15/$17 at the door. 6 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775. --Rick Mason