Animal Collective, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ 2009

2009, Domino Recording Co.
VINYL FORMAT. Merriweather Post Pavilion is Animal Collective’s ninth full-length. The whoops and hollers that previously held together the sublime, chaotic urgency of their earlier work now signal the calm sense of euphoria and wonder that ripples through this wide eyed record.
A waterlogged sample of a voice croaking, “You can dance” opens Animal Collective’s ninth album, and it’s a sign of what’s to come, even if the trio take their time before dropping a beat. Two-plus minutes of woozy ambience waft by as singer Avey Tare wishes, “If I could just leave my body for a night.” Then, suddenly, the dam bursts and “In the Flowers” floods the senses with rib-rattling bass and a giant 4/4 thump that could be transmitting from a Berlin superclub.

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