The seventh addition to the amorphous driven discography of Animal Collective proves to all of us that they shall not leave any melodic inspired noise unchartered. The quartet is not afraid of shying away from the blippity pop blop and is proving so with many of the tracks on Feels, a very delightfully odd transition from their previous album Sung Tongs.
Avey and Panda Bear have once again teamed up with Geologist and Deakin, who had only collaborated in their 2003 release Here Comes The Indian. Together from a basement in Seattle the quartet have created a collage of emotion provoking songs, each a bit different from the other, but all meant for experiencing and feeling rather than only listening.
Although much has changed they have still managed to keep their unique and unparalleled sound intact. Yelps, chanting, lullaby like piano keys, feathered by tribal minimalist drums, consisting of only a floor tom, a snare, and a crash or two, are what have made this album an awe-inspiring pastoral beauty unlike anything else out there right now.
an awe-inspiring pastoral beauty unlike anything else out there right now
Starting off with “Did You See The Words” and “Grass”, Avey shows us a yelpy side of his vocal chords, rather than the usual whispers we are accustomed to. Both astounding songs that are like the soundtrack to a blissfully lived childhood, make you want to frolic through a field of yellow daisies. Along with “The Purple Bottle”, these poppy tracks are destined to dive into the radio airwaves. It wont be very long until we see our new “indie” generation singing along to the catchy choruses. Then come the hazy melodies of “Flesh Canoe”, “Bees”, and “Loch Raven” that allow us to shut our eyes and emerge ourselves in ambient psychedelic visualizations so soothing they’re numbing. “Banshee Beat” gives us that tranquility while slowly transitioning us into gleeful beats. And “Daffy Duck”, although very unstructured and a bit redundant, has an alluring characteristic to it that makes you want to anxiously listen till the very end.
Regardless of what the pretentious media may say, Animal Collective have once again conjured up an extraordinary album that is one of the best 2005 has to offer thus far. As their most accessible work yet, Feels gives us all much to wonder about the groups direction. We may only attempt to imagine what they have in store for us next, while we sit back and watch as they continue to progress and evolve.