RIYL: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Caribou

Label: Domino

With a spattering of reissues, individual releases, audio-visual concept albums, EPs and live albums, it is hard to fathom that Animal Collective hasn’t put out a full length studio album in nearly 6 years. A double LP for nine songs is a bit comical, but their first single being 6:35 mins long demonstrates that we are in for an interesting and provocative album sure to be filled to the brim with their excellent collaborative efforts.

Their first single, Jason Lester was created by weaving together two distinct songs, one by Avey Tare and one by Panda Bear. The single appeals to listeners of the days when they put out experimental music that was more poppy and easier on the ears with a head bobbing vibe. I think we might see something more reminiscent of ‘Meriweather Post Pavillion’ and less like ‘Centipede Hz’, both fantastic in their own right, mind you. Of course, this is only based off of their single and some of the write-ups, so we will see what this is all about February 4th.

The record was mixed by Marta Salogni. In addition to the album announcement and single, they shared a run of 2022 tour dates in support of the album, however, no West Coast venues are listed yet.

The vinyl is probably not super limited, but Domino’s exclusives for the band tend to eventually sell out especially with a price that won’t break the bank (unlike VMP’s double LPs). Grab the double LP on Ruby & Black starburst or get the black vinyl here and the indie exclusive red vinyl here (UK indie is the same).

Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective nearing 20, still in search of what’s next.

The Details

Limited edition starburst ruby & black 2xLP in a gatefold jacket
Printed on recycled board

Black 2xLP available

Indie exclusive translucent ruby red available for UK and US.

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Price $29



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