So we all know I've got a boner/bonedog for Animal Collective. I'm rock down there for those bros. Their new record, with trippy artwork above, Merriweather Post Pavilion is set to drop on vinyl January 6th which they pushed up from the 20th. After getting Ricrolled a couple of times while trying to illegally download the record it finally leaked on Christmas. It's good. It's fucking mad good. I got really excited and bought the vinyl - maybe for the digital download of the record that comes with it, or the cool two-sided poster with the image above on one side and the image below on the other, or maybe just because vinyls are cool and feel real grown-up to me.
I don't got no record player though. That'd be too grown-up. If anyone has a spare record player lying around, it'd be a really good look to toss it my way so I can listen to this shit on vinyl when I get it instead of the digital rip of the vinyl I've been fucking with the last few days on some 2009 shit.
As for the record, I don't know where to start. It feels equal parts Avey Tare and Panda Bear, the group's two main vocalists who make up AC with Geologist. It feels much more electronic than their older shit. They, especially Panda Bear, stay getting Beach Boys comparisons and as this record seems to be more heavily influenced by Panda's solo work than older shit that comparison holds true here as well. But this is on some Beach Boys gone Kid A tip. With BASS. A lot of BASS. One song made me wish J Dilla was still alive to hear how his shit has influenced really really good music that's not made by Flying Lotus or other like-minded hip-hop doods. I could name four or five songs that stand out - Taste and Summertime Clothes in heavy rotation right now - but I know in three days the songs I didn't like that much will be something else to me so I'm going to hold back on details until the album drops and I've had a week or more to sit on it and really digest it. It's real dense.