Released: Sep 2007
Label: Domino Recording Co.
If pop music is a reflection of our world--of our prevailing fears and desires--then the music of Animal Collective is a beacon received by NASA satellites from somewhere far off in space illumining a civilization there; an olive branch delivered from a tangential plane appearing on radar screens on planet Earth. Those who have their transistor radios tuned just right can intercept the message and revel in it. That this "alien" quartet hasn't discarded the two most basic notions of Western music, meter and melody, makes it palatable, and indeed, enjoyable to us humans.
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