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For their first eight albums, up to and including 2009’s spectacular ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, Animal Collective honed new material at their effervescent live shows. That was where the Baltimore experimentalists…

There will be two popular responses to Animal Collective’s ninth LP. The first – the one that has accompanied each and every brain-fart the Baltimorean quartet have issued since 2004’s…

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Here are four things I think about the new Animal Collective single : 1) They have a lot of songs about edible sweet things; 2) This is quite ‘jazz hands’,…

After the experimental meandering of largely impenetrable Record Store Day release ‘Transverse Temporal Gyrus’, the Baltimore oddballs regain a degree of focus here among the bubbling synths and aquatic production.…

Expanding on the more experimental parts of 2009’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, this sonic canter through the various studio cuts and live material from a performance at New York’s Guggenheim Museum…

It was bound to happen eventually: angry trolls decrying ATP as no good anymore, that its organisers are out of ideas. But that’s piffle. The real reason for the smaller…

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It’s a canny move, calling yourself a ‘collective’. It critic-proofs you in a way not even a Kevlar windcheater could, lending every note a that’ll-do air of chaotic-but-communal incompletion, guaranteeing…

The picture of the sleeve on this page is nowhere near big enough. Go look it up online, as big as you can, and stare at it very hard. See…

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Texan post-rockers Explosions In The Sky may be a fine name to drop in certain circles, but in terms of legendarily inspirational and influential bands they’re hardly Sonic Youth. So…

In a world where artists write songs about America called ‘America’, Animal Collective are a cause for celebration. This is the Baltimore pop experimentalists’ eighth album and it’s as idiosyncratic…

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