Monday, May 7, 2012

MP3// Animal Collective: Honeycomb / Gotham

New York experimentalists Animal Collective are streaming their latest single 'Honeycomb / Gotham', in anticipation for its physical release on June 26th. Pre-'Merriweather Post Pavilion', the two tracks remind me of the outfit's early, charmingly unpolished work. Energetic, and painted with rough impressionistic strokes, 'Honeycomb' is a progressive powerhouse. Electronic whizzes and skittish percussion play off the vocals to form a catchy and unbelievably memorable few minutes. 'Gotham' slows things down, the singing lathered in reverb and refracted by numerous abstract effects. Structured and passionate and in places simply breaking down, both numbers offset each other wonderfully! Listen to both after the break: