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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Animal Collective releases new tracks

Animal Collective is giving fans a sneak peak into its forthcoming album, the highly-anticipated follow-up to the experimental pop group’s 2009 success, “Meriweather Post Pavilion.” The group released two new tracks, “Honeycomb,” and “Gotham” from the new disc on its website Sunday night.

The upbeat, slightly erratic melody in “Honeycomb” is reminiscent of the group’s 2007 album “Strawberry Jam,” which David Malitz described in a review for the Post as “home to all sorts of crazy sounds.”

“Gotham,” is more solemn, though with a familiar blend of drums and psychedelic echoes.

Avery Tare and Geologist of Animal Collective perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The band named their eighth studio album after the venue. (Kyle Gustafson - PHOTO BY KYLE GUSTAFSON / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
The release is sure to delight serious fans who have waited for nearly two and a half years for a proper new album from the group as a whole. Members have worked on solo projects — Avey Tare (a.k.a Dave Portner) put out “Down There” in October 2010, and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) released “Tomboy” in April 2011 — which helped spur some blogosphere debate over a potential break-up of the loosely aligned foursome.

Yet, the band has been on a “steady course,” a publicist confirmed, planning to debut the single on June 26.

No tour plans have been announced, though fans around the Washington area and Baltimore, (the band formed in the Baltimore suburbs), will undoubtedly be hoping for a return to Columbia’s Meriweather Post Pavilion, the namesake of its breakthrough album.
Geologist of Animal Collective performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. (Kyle Gustafson - FTWP)

The Collective put on an anticipated homecoming show of sorts at the outdoor venue last summer. Post critic Chris Richards mixed among the body-painted fans eagerly watching the band perform on a stage “decorated with crystalline stalagmites, vines of lights and a giant, rainbow-tiled skull, like something out of “Goonies” or “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.”

“For 90 minutes, the foursome play almost all new, unfamiliar, untitled material. There are weird waltzes and doo-wop tunes and klezmer-ish romps, all made slippery and mysterious with improvisation,” Richards said.

Read the full review.


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