Animal Collective
The Painters


3.0
good

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
February 18th, 2017 | 129 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kinda boring, kinda fun, kinda okay.

The boys in Animal Collective simply can’t resist toying with their synthesizers it seems. Last year’s Painting With was a return to the trio of Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist, and in turn, a logical departure from the density of 2012’s Centipede Hz. Replete with belching synths, breakneck vocal exchanges between Avey and Panda and all tied together by Geo’s use of samples, Painting With was an effort that was intended as their “pop” record, complete with fast-paced songs that took listeners along for the ride that was at times fun. At other times, it was more grating than gratifying and resulted in an experience that was sorely lacking in depth; an album which had a mildly intriguing concept, yet was flawed due to its reluctance to offer much variety in favor of going for the accessible pop song aesthetic. Approaching the Collective’s companion EP to their most recent studio effort, The Painters continues the band’s aim of making short, accessible (and fun, nonetheless) songs, but opts to offer moments of variety as well.

A band that constantly changes, it only seems perfect that they went with a name like “The Painters” for their music. The Painters makes use of a proposed band name from the recording sessions of Painting With and brings about nostalgic thoughts of the days when the Collective weren’t exactly the Collective yet and released bizarre noise pop and freak folk albums every other year under names such as “Campfire Songs” and so on. A decade (closing in on two, if we go back to Spirit They’re Gone…) since their more “weird” works, the Collective have gone through so many changes, it’s a wonder they’ve stuck with their current moniker for so long, yet it’s far easier to associate all these changes under the Collective umbrella in the long run.

The Painters for the most part is quite certainly an Animal Collective record, featuring bright vocals, pulsating rhythms and an everlasting aptitude for densely-produced compositions. While it retains the blueprint of its companion album, The Painters introduces refreshing tracks such as the soothing “Peacemaker”, which eschews the speed of the Painting With-era compositions while keeping the hocketing style of singing that dominated the album. Works such as the opener “Kinda Bonkers” aims for a relaxed vibe, again greatly contrasting from the formula of the band’s current repertoire. The latter half of this incredibly brief EP returns to the uptempo sound of its predecessor with the middling “Goalkeeper” and a cover of the classic Martha and the Vandellas joint “Jimmy Mack”, which ultimately achieves the idea the band had in mind while producing Painting With by creating a fast and fun pop song, all without the obnoxiousness that plagued several songs of that record. The Painters as a whole ranges from incredibly average on one end (“Kinda Bonkers”, “Goalkeeper”) to what is perhaps some of the most entertaining songs the band have put out in years (“Peacekeeper”, “Jimmy Mack”) – and for that, it’s safe to say the boys in Animal Collective are slowly getting back on track after what was perhaps one of their weakest efforts. Now only if they could wean themselves off those synths.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Kinda Bonkers" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikl16iLeHIY

"Jimmy Mack" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maF2weZ3vi0



for the bois long gone

SteveOffProbation
February 18th 2017


1445 Comments


still worst band all time

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i partake it that the many sput-user albums don't count

SteveOffProbation
February 18th 2017


1445 Comments


but good review pros

SteveOffProbation
February 18th 2017


1445 Comments


are you tryna talk shit

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

could b could not



i forgot bout your album already foo

SteveOffProbation
February 18th 2017


1445 Comments


big mistake. whom the next brand new

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

black malachite the next brand new dude



u gonna be the next yellowcard, or worse, american football

TheSpaceMan
February 18th 2017


12424 Comments


Summary is for the band, right?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

could b could not [2]

theNateman
February 18th 2017


3804 Comments


This band bores me to tears

Tyler.
February 18th 2017


17582 Comments


i love you

Digging: -

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

me too

Tyler.
February 18th 2017


17582 Comments


i love you too tyler

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

me three

Tyler.
February 18th 2017


17582 Comments


im unposing

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

u didn't in the first place tho

Tyler.
February 18th 2017


17582 Comments


yeah i did i was the second one to pos go ask the meds

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2017


19211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's like you want me to change your name again

Tyler.
February 18th 2017


17582 Comments


change it to what



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