Review Summary: A sound that is so perfect and adventurous it makes everything come together. Fun, catchy and poppy at times, scary and hauntingly beautiful at others.
Having a connection with an album is one thing, but being physically dragged into an album is another. Animal Collective have morphed a story of life and feelings into the space of fifty-two minutes, A story of being happy and free, to being sad and locked up.
This Album has to be divided into four parts to get the full kick. First off i want to call section one the Jump. Opening with did you see the worlds, i felt a sense of getting outside of your comfort zone and exploring new ***... fun ***. Fun catchy hooks, loops and an all-round sense of pop allows us to walk into this story taking a virtual dive into a lucid world.
When Grass starts its the beginning of the trip, section two, just walking through a grass field walking around and doing whatever. By the end of it we are on the high, running, jumping, head banging and doing whatever the imagination allows us to do. So now im on a trip with AC exploring nature and seeing what they are seeing. “Sometimes you hear me when others they can't hear me, hallelujah!” is animal collective basically saying “You don’t get it unless you open yourself up and take the dive with us”.
Once Purple bottle finishes im now on a come down (part three). Still with AC, walking into a dark, freaky, eery forest with nothing but a sense of regret. The album all of a sudden turns into a weird sort of ambient like ghost. This is the part where the protagonist is starting to lose energy and hope for himself. “Please take your time” is what we are told. Relax... Things will get better.
Still creeping through the woods with the guys, the protagonist is hurled into a scared state by being surpassed by creatures and demons, remembering the bad things in life, the chilling past that each individual in the world has.
Lock raven is the absolute scariest point where we are deep in the woods, under a tree, all around a fire, curled up in a ball crying not knowing what to do, not knowing where the protagonist is going, and simply not knowing HOW to get out of this lucid portal. Loch raven to me is the most meaningful song on feels, as its entire point is you might seem like your alone, but your really not. Loch raven starts off with a depressing piano riff and and the nightmarish like whispering voice that avey provides, eventually leading in are pandabears backing vocals, and a powerful percussion beats. Eventually deakin and geologist come in aswell, telling us that they are here with us and they want us to take the next step forward with them, “Go walk with me, Leave your wounding girl”.
The final part of the album is to be called moving on. Turn into something starts with a catchy guitar riff, leading into a warped sort of happy state. So now knowing that AC are going back to reality, we are faced with the decision of moving on, or to go back to the past. Probably the most fun song on the album, fast paced, catchy and simply full of joy.
The album finishes with the words “You’ll turn into something, you SHOULD into something” giving us this feeling and hope of just doing it and being who you want to be. Moving on from the past and taking opportunities when they come.