Hard to believe that - for a band who have been so restlessly prolific for the majority of their career – we’ve yet to experience the delights of a new Animal Collective album this decade. Their last effort was 2009’s astonishing Merriweather Post Pavillion – a critic’s favorite which saw them edging towards mainstream awareness. In typical contrary fashion, they then revealed that – just as they were on the cusp of greater success – they were thinking of calling it a day.
Thankfully this inclination to quit seems to have ebbed away – and the boys are back with a new double A-side single. ‘Honeycomb/Gotham’ will be available to buy from June 26th, but we’ve unearthed a sneak preview. It’s as close as you could get to ‘typical’ Animal Collective fare – a recognizable aesthetic (millennial Beach Boys) with a smattering of all-new experimentation.
In short – it’s Animal Collective, and you’re either going to love it or hate it. Take a listen: