Album review: Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
As beguiling and multi-layered as ever, but this time in hyper-polished widescreen, Animal Collective’s invertebrate is no misnomer.
Three years in the making, the Baltimore natives’ 10th album is yet another dense, mildly psychedelic web of overlaid sounds.
Their first since 2007 with all four original members, and doubtless bolstered by the success of Merriweather Post Pavilion, Centipede Hz is a widescreen, all-you-can-eat affair, even for them.
A multitude of melodies, time signatures, samples and ideas rise and fall in great swells, from the white noise intro of opening gambit Moonjock right through to the pogo-friendly vitality of closer Amanita.
And while it’s impeccably produced, there’s so much to hear it requires your attention to get the most out of it.
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Wide Eyed holds it all together, a thrum of intergalactic tribal beats and effects that zip and bounce around like mozzies in an Amazonian swamp.
The repetition of meaty, tumbledown synths in Applesauce is more easily swallowed, but it’s when they strip away a few layers to give their ideas and melodies a bit more space on Father Time that their talents are most immediate.
- 1 'Extreme' noise complaint as 150 gather for Islington party
- 2 Statue of Philip Noel-Baker replaced in Islington after 35 years
- 3 Meet the owner of the Camden Passage shop window where nothing is for sale
- 4 New Lidl to open in Finsbury Park's Arts Building next week
- 5 'We can do better': Islington Society calls for rethink on Barnard Park plans
- 6 Elderly woman robbed of precious watch in daylight Finsbury Park incident
- 7 Mum-of-two 'loses everything' in Islington fire
- 8 Two men jailed for life after double murder
- 9 What do smoking and People Friendly Streets have in common?
- 10 Statue to street cat Bob unveiled in Islington Green
Overall Centipede is confident, warm and full of wonder as the masterful atmospherics see one tune segue into the next.
Like being caught in a ‘quake where the tectonic plates of electronica and obtuse indie meet, Animal Collective grind the very earth into beguiling angles and twisted shapes.