Centipedes are creepy, crawly, and just about the top of the “bugs you don’t want to find in your house” list. Animal Collective returns from a slight slumber to announce their next album, ‘Centipede Hz’ set for release September 4th. This will be the group’s ninth studio album (or tenth depending on who you listen to) and is the follow-up to 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Merriweather offered their breakthrough track “My Girls,” which brought them to mainstream attention and exponential popularity. Almost their entire tour circuit for that album sold out, for what that’s worth.
Animal Collective is a gathering of animals and geological discoverers- notably Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and some guy named Ben Allen. Animal Collective are planning to tour Europe initially, only to cross over into the States and possibly Australia the following year.
Animal Collective are Pitchfork darlings, Pitchfork is the popular indie music website that has gathered a massive following in the last decade. Merriweather was critically acclaimed, as was some of their previous albums including the stripped down more acoustic album Sung Tongs and the electric and bizarre Strawberry Jam. The group is primarily electronic, mixing in sweeping soundscapes and multi-layered musical textures that offer a thick chaotic sound. Their recent musical output has only refined this sound with a stronger pop hook focus, and that has allowed them to gather mainstream success while maintaining indie credibility.
Check out their website below for more information, as well as the first imaginative commercial for the new album, Centipede Hz. Each respective member of the group has their own solo output and following worth exploring if you enjoy the Animal Collective sound:
Image Source, Animal Collective Promotional Copy 2011
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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