Please keep in mind that this is a collective, not a band. The players can come and go as they choose. And this fluidity definitely translates into their sound. The four founding fathers (Panda Bear, Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin) have managed to create some of the most unique tracks over the past few years. Prolific would be an appropriate word as they’ve produced several albums, solo projects, art exhibits and even a full-length film. These boys are on a different level.
Their sound is a process. Instruments are often distorted, looped and tweaked to become otherworldly. The group’s 2010 release Fall Be Kind dips and rises with each track. Taste the flavor of the uplifting “Graze” where I’m pretty sure if you looked close enough, you’d see Pan dancing in the background with his flute. Or step into the dark, introspective shoes of “I Think I Can.” Be warned, you might not return.
They are shape shifters who will transform the stage and give the audience an out of body experience. Their last performance at Pitchfork Music Festival resulted in lights that lit like rainbow heat lightning across the stage during the keyboards in “Daily Routine.” Seeing the crowd change.
The latest release from this wellspring is Panda Bear’s Tomboy and I’m hoping that a few of his tracks get sprinkled into the set list. The waltz-like tune “Slow Motion” made it into a few of our top lists so far so here’s hoping we catch an earful of this.
Get your jetpacks ready, friends, we are going into orbit. Animal Collective takes stage Friday night, July 15th.