An introduction to Animal Collective

It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve posted here – hey real world and other lame excuses – but I thought what better time to hop back onto the blogging bandwagon with this introduction to Animal Collective.

It all started last week, when I was obsessing over Animal Collective’s Feels and tweeted about said insomnia induced awe. A few tweets down the line between Toby Gray and myself, then suddenly scholar of music – as well as awful facial hair – James Hibberd popped up and asked for a guide to the freaky pop band.

@bentyrer @toby_gray As someone who mildly enjoyed Merriweather but hasn’t heard any other AC, where should I head?

— James Hibberd (@J_Hibberd) April 4, 2013


A few albums were mentioned, but I decided to go the extra distance for James and produced this playlist for him – and now you! – to sample.

My general idea with this playlist was to capture the most accessible moments of the band’s back catalogue. Because most self-respecting music fans have probably heard the choice songs off Merriweather Post Pavilion, the majority of the tracks are made up from Feels and Strawberry Jam.

It barely scratches the surface of what the band have produced, but at a glance, it tries to capture the songs which slowly creep into your subconscious and hum away merrily until it’s the only thing on your mind.

Case in point, the double whammy of For Reverend Green and Fireworks. Maybe it’s the off-kilter harmonies, the transcendent screams on For Reverend Green or the fact that every time I hear Fireworks I can’t help but break into a wistful smile. They stay with you for an awfully long time.

However, what I want to know is if you were going to introduce someone to Animal Collective, what songs would you pick and choose?


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