Animal Collective – Painting With (Released 19th February)

£23.99 – Indies only LP &  slip matt (See article for more info)

For fifteen years Animal Collective has been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where to from here?

Dizzyingly upbeat and gloriously realized, their new LP bounces and pops with an urgent, ecstatic energy, propelled by polyrhythmic beats and gurgling modular synth, with Noah Lennox and Dave Portner’s vocals gleefully falling in and out of syncopation and off-kilter harmony.

Working as a trio, Portner (Avey Tare), Lennox (Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) began trading demos in early 2015, pursuing a goal of what Portner calls “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material…” The three met up in Asheville

during that Spring and began exploring the songs together. Recording took place in the legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood, home to sessions by The Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. The album features contributions from John Cale and Colin Stetson, and was engineered by Sonny DiPerri.

The result: Painting With. Warm and personal, kaleidoscopic and high definition, concerned with art (cubism, Dadaism, and the distorted way those artists viewed the world) and the human experience, and the meeting of both – creating something elemental, joyous, and unmistakably Animal Collective.

Painting With will be available in  a deluxe LP + zoetropic turntable slipmat formats. LP formats will be available in three different covers, featuring each Animal Collective member – Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear – as painted by Brian DeGraw. The deluxe LP + turntable slipmat format exclusively available via independent record stores includes a choice of one of the three covers, and a slipmat that animates when activated in part with a strobe light.

Painting With Tracklisting

01. FloriDada

02. Hocus Pocus

03. Vertical

04. Lying In The Grass

05. The Burglars

06. Natural Selection

07. Bagels In Kiev

08. On Delay

09. Spilling Guts

10. Summing The Wretch

11. Golden Gal

12. Recycling

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