Animal Collective has always baffled me because I couldn’t figure out what all the hubbub was about. “What interesting fellows” is about all I could ever sincerely muster out loud. About the same reaction I had to the likes of Phish, who I quickly grew to disdain and then marvel at as they became a cultural phenomenon. I don’t see heaps of hippie body painting similarities between the two groups (hmm or do I?) but there are at least two key similarities.
They both share a penchant for zany dynamic sound jam weirdoship that I am not naturally inclined to, and cannot identify with. And they both resurrect the Grateful Dead. I have waited a long time to hear Animal Collective’s new EP, Fall Be Kind, and this much ballyhooed song “What Would I Want? Sky” which contains a sample from the Dead song “Unbroken Chain.” The first time a Dead song has been officially licensed for sample, whether you dig the Dead or not, it’s a noteworthy happening.
Pitchfork gave the song a perfect 10. It is a sweet sample and after over 3 minutes of mumbo and jumbo that smells like you walked into a rave at Burning Man, you get to hear it. The best thing I can say is somehow it sounds like The Verve just before that “Bitter Sweet Symphony” crap.
The stand out on this EP for me is track 3, a beautiful sounding kind of lullaby called “Bleed.” Fall Be Kind is out on digital now and releases physically on December 15th.
Animal Collective – “What Would I Want? Sky”