A lot of fuss has been made over Animal Collective on MEB lately, and rightfully so. There simply isn’t any other band out there quite like them. This week’s thrice-daily dosage of tunes will also revolve around Animal Collective. There’s something undeniable about the sound of this band which changes drastically on each and every album. Centipede Hz is finally here, so naturally it’s time to catch up on past AC endeavors. For those who are just getting into this band I’d like to offer up three of my favourite tracks from albums spanning their career.
1. “Brother Sport” – from Merriweather Post Pavilion
People who are new to Animal Collective would probably want to check out this album first. It is their “poppiest” and arguably their most accessible album. “Brother Sport” is one of the most technically varied, sample-laden tracks on the album with a terrific build-up that begins a minute and a half into the song. The “woo” you hear throughout it continues for almost two minutes. This is a great song to see live, as the vocalist shouted “woo” over and over (while sticking to the beat) for eight minutes when I saw them. I’ve heard reports from friends that he shouted for almost 20 minutes during a show in NYC.
2. “Grass” – from Feels
This song contains one of my favourite choruses of any Animal Collective song. It is very catchy and even fun to sing along in the car as the vocalist screams along with the symbol toward the end of the chorus. “Grass” contains some of the most normal rhythms you’ll hear from this band, while inserting a good deal of charming samples. Throughout, you’ll hear birds in the background along with other things you’d hear while laying in the grass. It’s a terrific springtime jam.
3. “Derek” – from Strawberry Jam
Describing “Derek” is not the easiest of tasks, but it’s great territory for those in the mood for some of Animal Collective’s more experimental offerings. The guitar of this song gently flows between speakers, creating an atmosphere that is calm and relaxing. The song then changes up almost entirely about two minutes in; the drums pick up and more synthesizers can be heard in the background. The guitar stays almost the same though, making the song as relaxing and pleasurable as it was at the start.