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Re: Animal Collective

Post by boney » Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:14 am

I think the Beach Boys harmonies thing is a bit of a red herring re Animal Collective really, especially over more recent times. Panda Bear's got a similar kind of voice I guess but their harmonies and vocal interplays are totally different, a bit more jarring and unresolved a lot of the time.

Still have to listen to 'My Girls' at least once a day.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by indiansummer » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:44 am

Good god, you've gone and got me hooked. After my sudden refusal to remove Strawberry Jam from my stereo, Sarah bought the new 'un for me for Valentine's day... AND I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO THAT ONE NOW.

Loads more to investigate as well. Hooray!
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:29 pm

I had the wrong date for tickets sales in my head, and the show here went and sold out.

I'm furious because looking around I can see that most of the tickets were bought up my ticket agencies who seem to be charging at least twice (if not four of five times) the original price of tickets ($20). The venue only has a capacity of about 600, and I think half of those tickets are online.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by indiansummer » Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:42 am

Went to see these last night. I was dead excited about it leading up to the show, but i was kinda disappointed in the end. It was fun and everything, but the sound in the venue was AWFUL. Plus everyone seemed to have turned up for My Girls, which they played second, and the atmosphere seemed kinda reserved as a result. No-one seemed up for a good night. It wasn't really the band's fault. They were really energetic and played everything spot on. It just sounded bad and there was no... er, 'vibe'.

I'd go and see them again, i think. i hope that's the last time they book that venue, mind.
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by linus » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:36 am

do you think they may be at that stage where a proportion of the audience is perhaps there because they feel they have to be there and the more fervent and fanatic fans are kind of drowned out be this influx of 'ticking off the gigs I have attended this year to say I was there' types?

I've been to shows like this over the years and that's been my- possibly jaundiced- view of why nights like this happen

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by indiansummer » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:50 am

Could be. I'm very much a latecomer as far as Animal Collective are concerned, but even so i've not been this excited about a band for a good while, and i was really, really excited about seeing them.

it did look quite a lot like some people had turned up because they love the 6music hit song by this new, trendy band. So when they were hit with a load of folktronic-psych drone as the opener, the atmosphere fell kinda flat. And since they got the radio hit out of the way early, everyone was like, 'we've got what we came for now'.

There was defo an atmosphere void to go with the terrible sound.
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by Marshall » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:51 pm

they were brilliant at the forum in london earlier this week, sound was amazing as were the crowd, especially for fireworks when everyone started bouncing. people seemed to be proper fans rather than just turning up for recent hits, everything was very well received. Best time i've seen them actually was really blown away.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by linus » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:52 pm

that's my theory out the window!

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Post by indiansummer » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:57 pm

Marshall wrote:they were brilliant at the forum in london earlier this week, sound was amazing as were the crowd, especially for fireworks when everyone started bouncing. people seemed to be proper fans rather than just turning up for recent hits, everything was very well received. Best time i've seen them actually was really blown away.
Gah. Glad someone enjoyed 'em anyway!

They weren't actually bad, per se. It was just a bit flat, and consequently less exciting than i was hoping for.

Fireworks was ace though. ACE.
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by Marshall » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:08 pm

indiansummer wrote:
Marshall wrote:they were brilliant at the forum in london earlier this week, sound was amazing as were the crowd, especially for fireworks when everyone started bouncing. people seemed to be proper fans rather than just turning up for recent hits, everything was very well received. Best time i've seen them actually was really blown away.
Gah. Glad someone enjoyed 'em anyway!

They weren't actually bad, per se. It was just a bit flat, and consequently less exciting than i was hoping for.

Fireworks was ace though. ACE.

they've been different the 3 times I saw them, The first time at ATP they were more dancey and the atmosphere was like a dance festival for their set everyone dancing like it was a club. Earlier this year it was more poppy, the atmosphere was less lively as they played mostly new stuff and the album came out on the same day. Still performance wise it was the most energetic. Tuesday night however the stage was very dark and they had a far more harder experimental feel about the set, it was a lot more intense than the other shows and was extremely loud. I think that's the mood which suited me most. Not sure if others will get something different from them each time maybe it was just my interpretation.

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Post by Bobby Who? » Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:27 pm

can someone explain this lot to me?

I post far too many negative posts on here....I really try not to do that as I know it's pointless and always comes back to haunt you...but I don't seem to be able to "get" animal collective.

To me they sound like the "wacky" kids in every 6th form who were into some good music and could play...but didn't have the balls/wordsmithery to write any decent songs, perhaps that's the point?

Anyone care to recommend something of theirs that I should give a proper listen?


Wooops....just seen this has been moved to this thread....I did try using the "search" option...
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by Gordon » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:01 pm

'For Reverend Green' does it for me.
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by timahall » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:47 pm

Meh. Like Bobby McGee up there, I don't really get them either. I've seen them twice (in 2007 and a few weeks ago) and I was bored rigid. And their records are a bit boring too. The ones i've heard anyway.

The Purple Bottle though. That's an amazing song.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by boney » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:59 pm

They're great, but a bit inconsistent. Every record of theirs seems to have four of five amazing tracks and three or four absolute non-entities. I get why they're easily hateable though. They do the psych-pop thing as it should be done - overpowering, infectious, confusing, ever-evolving. For a relatively out-there band, they do a lot of stuff that makes you want to sing along to it all the time.

'Leaf House' (from 'Sung Tongs') is just utterly wow amazing, even x years on.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by boney » Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:04 pm

timahall wrote:Meh. Like Bobby McGee up there, I don't really get them either. I've seen them twice (in 2007 and a few weeks ago) and I was bored rigid. And their records are a bit boring too. The ones i've heard anyway.

The Purple Bottle though. That's an amazing song.
I think they're amazing live - it seems to depend on expectation. They're not really a run-through-yer-favourites type band, it's far more blissy, technoey in dynamic. They were far from boring live last time I saw them (January) - they built and built and mesmerised.

A lot of indie folks seem to prefer the 'Feels' stuff.... I think 'Strawberry Jam' was such a move on it kind of rendered most of 'Feels' out of date, although 'Purple Bottle' and 'Grass' are still class. Someone wrote that they use melodies in a similar way to how hip hop producers use (percussive) breaks, I thought there was something in that.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by Rimbaud » Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:17 am

Since it came out I'm still not bored of MPP, it's just unbelievable.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by indiansummer » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:00 am

I bought the double pack of the first two albums, and whilst Danse Manatee isn't quite engaging me just yet, Spirit They've Gone... is utterly amazing. Alvin Row in particular makes me feel all lovely and warm. What a great record!

But yeh, i personally think they straddle the line between experimental lunacy and off-key pop brilliance, and admirably so. Although i'm a relative newcomer, of course.
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Re: Animal Collective

Post by Tom Mascot » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:26 am

Whilst I'm a huge fan, I can completely understand why people struggle to get into them. I got into them circa 'Here Comes the Indian', but with that and every subsequent album I initially found almost zero enjoyment from any of the songs. They seem to reveal their quality gradually. This might sound ridiculous but if you listen through an album you like and find very accessible first (by a different band), then stick an AC album on (I'd recommend Feels), you've worn out your 'straight up pop song' ear and be more receptive to their slightly more veiled hooks. A few listens/weeks later, you will be craving the Animal Collective album like it's the most pop thing ever. Hmm, that does sound ridiculous... but it seems to be the pattern for how I get into the albums.

I won't read that back cos I will question what the hell I'm on about, but I think there's something in it. Reviews that talk about how pop they are mislead people new to them I think.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by Rimbaud » Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:47 pm

There is never much talk of Campfire Songs, I think that's an awesome album and strangely it was the one that got me into to them anyone who can write a nine minute song with one chord, that never gets boring, has got to be fantastic.

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Re: Animal Collective

Post by indiansummer » Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:28 pm

Rimbaud wrote:There is never much talk of Campfire Songs, I think that's an awesome album and strangely it was the one that got me into to them anyone who can write a nine minute song with one chord, that never gets boring, has got to be fantastic.
Isn't that largely because it's been out of print and nearly impossible to get hold of for the last 4 years or something?

It's probably downloadable... but i don't really know (or care) how one would go about doing that.
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