Well it didn’t take long for the live stream of the new Animal Collective album, Centipede Hz, to be ripped, split, zipped, and shared across the vast surf city of the internet. But you didn’t hear it from me.
People called Animal Collective’s 2005 album, Feels, their rock record. Probably because it was the closest they’ve ever come to relying on the “traditional” rock combination of drums, guitars, and yelling. It still didn’t sound like rock music, and 7 years later, they haven’t gotten any closer. Which isn’t to say that Centipede Hz isn’t heavier than the castle-bounce lightness of Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavilion. The boys are once again embracing distortion. And weird time signatures. And spaceships?
This is old news by now, but worth reminding: listen to Centipede Hz at the mysterious Animal Collective website for the full album stream.
It’s good to hear Panda Bear hit that crash cymbal again.
• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net