Animal Collective
Water Curses


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
June 30th, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Animal Collective assembles a collection of catchy, weird, and haunting songs.

Following the release and success of 2007’s Strawberry Jam, Animal Collective decided to make use of some of their unused material and released an Extended Play entitled Water Curses. Featuring three songs recording during the Strawberry Jam sessions and one recorded later, before the May 2008 release.

Water Curses features only four songs, but holds its own among the vaunted Animal Collective discography. The title track is a weird blend of carnival style raucous music, noise, and quiet vocals which all accumulate to create an odd track that has such a strange sound, yet is catchy in all the right ways. Following this, "Street Flash" is almost a complete 180-degree turn as the pace slows down, the rhythms and noises begin to meander, and the vocals take on a degree of fluidity. Vocal effects heavily distort a good chunk of what is being said on "Street Flash", but it meshes well with the blips and bloops that make up this almost seven minute piece. After "Street Flash" we continue this mid tempo pace with "Cobwebs". High registry singing and a dripping percussion section form the majority of the song, which is the most vocal led track on Water Curses. "Cobwebs" is in essence a large build up to the 2:58 mark, where there is much more going on then just the initial percussion line that forms the song.

The final track on Water Curses is entitled "Seal Eyeing". This song is quite different from the rest of the EP, and a lot of the Collective’s songs in general. A very low-key song, with a piano, a few sound effects, and the low mixed poetic vocals being all that it consists of. This song is a contradictory end to Water Curses, as it is beautiful and calming, yet almost too simple for such a usually dense band. It is both a brilliant end and a letdown at the same time.

For being an EP consisting of three Strawberry Jam b-sides, and a song record specifically for this, Water Curses flows remarkably well. It is almost a blessing that none of these songs appear on Strawberry, as they have such a natural connection to one another that it’s very easy to make the mistake of thinking this EP was all straight new material (a la Fall Be Kind).

Though Water Curses is just four songs long, it is a nice way to delve into the word of Animal Collective, or a good addition to a fan’s collection. It works well as a stand-alone listen, and likely could function as a companion piece to Strawberry Jam. Animal Collective puts a lot of work into their EP releases, and Water Curses is no exception.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WhiteWallStargazers
June 30th 2011


2647 Comments


Badda-bing, Badda-boom

darnielle
June 30th 2011


221 Comments


yeap recording as we speak

WhiteWallStargazers
June 30th 2011


2647 Comments


Yes, Fall Be Kind might be my favorite work by them

KingAlistair
June 30th 2011


175 Comments


Spamarific! ^
I heard the song Water Curses once, it was my favorite AC song I'd heard. I really should check out this whole thing.

ECRbubs
June 30th 2011


687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is my fave AC EP

Polymath
June 30th 2011


3836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

water curses is a mindfuck sort of song

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2011


15064 Comments


i love this EP

i would go prospect hummer > fall be kind > this > people

prospect hummer only wins out by a tiny bit, fall be kind might be as good. it's just so comforting

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 30th 2011


15064 Comments


worst song on fall be kind 8)

WhiteWallStargazers
June 30th 2011


2647 Comments


Yeah that's prolly my least favorite on Fall, seems to drag, but it's still good. That EP just seems like their release with the least "filler", I don't really wanna use that word, but most of their releases have 2 or 3 songs that are kinda meh to me.

WhiteWallStargazers
June 30th 2011


2647 Comments


Most guilty is MPP, feels like Bluish, Guy's Eyes, and Taste kinda blend together and kill the flow

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


10354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Okay, this is better than Meriwether, Sputnik you silly gooses you

Polymath
April 6th 2012


3836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP is amazing but not even close to MPP.

demigod!
December 4th 2012


44978 Comments


holy shit this is great. AnCo rules

Digging: Autechre - LP5

RainbowEyes
December 4th 2012


11 Comments


MPP > FBK > this

demigod!
December 4th 2012


44978 Comments


i heard FBK once. but who cares animal collective has lots of great stuff

RainbowEyes
December 4th 2012


11 Comments


Yeah their discography is one of the most diverse and enjoyable prolly like ever

ApexPredator
December 4th 2012


161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fall be kind is their best work imo or feels

demigod!
December 4th 2012


44978 Comments


friend of mine who's a hardcore Animal Collective fan likes this the most. starting to see why.

MPP and Feels are both brilliant though, but are so different it can be hard to compare them

ethixx
February 5th 2013


1170 Comments


animal collective marathon just wanted to stop by and say this is 50x better than merriweather sup

ethixx
February 5th 2013


1170 Comments


also i agree with potsy as always



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