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Posted June 12, 2007 by Mike Mineo in Features
 
 

Two New Tracks From… Animal Collective

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Oh no. Could this possibly be a short post with the sole intent to be “the first” to post these highly anticipated tracks? As much as I hate when other sites rush against the stampede to be the first to post a new track from the one of the hottest indie acts in the world without any commentary, I could not resist it this time. After all, this is Animal Collective. We will all be able to judge more precisely after a few listens but I was just getting a bit too antsy. As unconventional as this post is, these two tracks off of Animal Collective’s eighth full-length album, Strawberry Jam, are absolutely outstanding. I have the first three tracks available and I will supply you with the first two — “Peacebone” and “Unsolved Mysteries”.

If you thought that “Grass” was as pop-oriented as Animal Collective would get, wait until you hear the opener to Strawberry Jam, “Peacebone”. With clear and present vocals uncharacteristically above the instrumental mix, I believe this may be the catchiest track that Animal Collective has produced throughout their illustrious career. Well, at the very least, it is already one of my personal favorites. Even so, the fans of ambition should not fret. Despite a brilliantly innovative chorus that sounds somehow both tropical and chaotic, their unconventional method of brilliant pop songwriting remains perfectly in tact throughout “Peacebone” with a backing vocal mix that provides for subtly captivating hooks. “Unsolved Memories” is more reminiscent of several build-up methods implemented on Feels, with an exotic array of instrumental additions providing for yet another enjoyable experience. As linear as my descriptions are at this point, I will not bother analyzing these tracks until I get my dirty hands on the new album.

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Animal Collective – Peacebone

[audio:https://obscuresound.com/mp3/anicol-pea.mp3]

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Animal Collective – Unsolved Mysteries

[audio:https://obscuresound.com/mp3/anicol-uns.mp3]

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Mike Mineo

 
I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].