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Animal Collective’s Supernatural Heights

Looks like Animal Collective have nailed it again. Their new opus ‘Centipede Hz’ marks a reunion of the original line up in full and first impressions have saluted it as a return to their more experimental freak-folk ways pre “Merriweather”. The anticipating track, ‘Today’s Supernatural’, has fast-tracked its way to the loop’s podium.

An Olympic week that brought us new efforts by the likes of The xx; Lindstrom; Antony & The Johnsons and the surprising news of a posthumous album by Aaliyah being given the finishing touches by Timbaland; Missy and others; a duet between the sorely missed star and Drake is the week’s strongest entry.

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Brooklyn bands pile up Rober Awards nominations

Brooklyn confirmed itself once again as the centre of the most ground breaking music while some of its more notorious residents took the majority of this year’s Rober Awards nominations.

It’s no surprise to find Animal Collective featuring in multiple fields. The Brooklyn-based collective has earned 7 nominations for their landmark album “Merriweather Post Pavilion”. More surprising is the fact fellow Brooklynites Grizzly Bear have matched them in number of categories, igniting the battle betweem the two most acclaimed bands of the NY borough.

Following them closely, with five nominations, their neighbours Dirty Projectors on a tie-up with French favorites Phoenix. The Knife’s Karin Dreijer’s side project, Fever Ray; Wu-Tang member Raekwon and style icons Yeah Yeah Yeahs have got four apiece.

The Rober Awards 2009 Music Poll is now open. Vote here

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Top 30 Albums 2009: 1-ANIMAL COLLECTIVE-Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Since the second week of January we all knew nobody could beat the unbelievable record Animal Collective had offered us. The Brooklyn Combo that began with the decade in the shadows of the freak-folk movement, after many inflection points in their career –Sung Tongs; Feels-, amazed both the converted and the unconvinced, even flirting with the charts thanks to that classic – halfway between the Beach and the Junior Boys – called “My Girl”. The exhilarating chants and loops of “Merriweather Post Pavilion” were dazzling from beginning to end. It multiplied the many achievements of a band that embodies most of the best things popular music has offered in the noughties. Deakin, the band’s guitar player, took a break and the remaining trio decided to record their new project without guitars, revisiting the electronic part of their former opus “Strawberry Jam” and mixing it with Panda Bear’s brand of luminous psychedelia from his acclaimed solo album . The fusion produced the only 10 out of 10 we’ve been able to give to a record for a long, long time.

Released on Domino. Available to listen in Spotify.

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162-ANIMAL COLLECTIVE-Who Could Win A Rabbit

With their fourth studio album, Animal Collective gave its first giant step. After being signed by British indie label Fat Cat and, without losing freak-folk’s psychedelic spirit; the band began producing tracks shaped more as “conventional songs”, rather than experimental speculations. They didn’t miss on their healthy and almost unlimited levels of weirdness, though, displayed in such irresistible moments as the tribal-like chants of “Who Could Win A Rabbit”

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2009 MUSIC A-Z: A for Animal Collective


After our contribution to the Awards Season is on track, we begin 2009 having a look at the crystal ball to see what can be expected in the music world through the next twelve months. The last year didn’t leave a good vibe in our ears, so we hope this one will make a better impression. The first month has already generated enough good releases, promising news and album tasters to believe so. We are tidying it all alphabetically, so we can condensate everything in a few posts.

The A of 2009 already belongs to Baltimore’s favourite experimentalists Animal Collective, whom have reached a fine balance between avant-garde antics and more mainstream appeal with their eighth studio album “Merriweather Post Pavillion”, and have started collecting the fruits by breaking into the Top 20 in charts around the globe, being unanimously hailed as the strong contender for album of the year. “My girls” with its underlying house beats is the album’s first classic (a mash-up with Frankie Knuckles classic “My love” can be found online, as well as many other promotional goodies, including a full stream of their recent gig in NYC, etc.)

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Listen to the Best Album of 2009?

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE-“Merriweather Post Pavillion” Artwork.

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