After more than a dozen years, Animal Collective continues to challenge its audience. Three years ago, the band made a surprisingly ethereal album in Merriweather Post Pavilion. If you were thinking the band’s latest, Centipede Hz, would be a sequal to that release, you would be wrong. The long-awaited follow-up Centipede (out today) has much more in common with the most raucus sounds of Strawberry Jam and earlier Animal Collective offerings.
The beginning of the new album has a particularly aggressive one-two punch: Moonjock and Today’s Supernatural. Those two songs set the tone for the album, which is dominated by singer Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner). Not every song is as jolting as the openers but there’s nothing resembling My Girls on Centipede. Personally, I loved Merriweather, picking it as the best release of 2009. But I find a lot to like in Centipede, too.
The band previewed Today’s Supernatural at last year’s Pitchfork fest:
The stream on www.radio.myanimalhome.net features videos for each song.
The video for Animal Collective’s Today’s Supernatural, is real trippy, and the song sounds like a straightforward psych-garage nugget. It’s a good track, sounding as if the band tried to make a more accessible rock song. Today’s Supernatural is the first single from the new album Centipede HZ, out September 4. You can stream the album Sunday night here.
Listen to Today’s Supernatural, the first single off Animal Collective’s new album, Centipede Hz. The song is available Tuesday and the album is expected out in September. The song is a bit of diversion for these guys. Discuss.