Animal Collective
Meeting of the Waters


3.5
great

Review

by Zeta USER (2 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2017 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Animal Collective channel the wonder of their acoustic era in a Record Store Day fan pleaser.

One of the joys of being an Animal Collective fan is the grand narrative that ties their music together. Their aesthetic is chameleonic: figuring out how each shift marks a new stage of life for the band is a continuous pleasure. The conversation became a tad self-serving from Centipede Hz onwards: “Animal Collective lost their magic” is now a common expression of disappointment. That all came to a head with the adjacent releases of Painting With and Sleep Cycle: the former became a symbol of their cerebral detachment while the latter represented the warmth and ease of connection they’ve “now lost.” Meeting of the Waters disrupts that flippant narrative: don’t doubt us. Here’s the acoustic magic we’ve neglected in pursuit of new skins. You’re safe now.

“Blue Noses” embraces with a swell of hypnotic strums: it’s a Campfire Songs throwback, yet peppered with psychedelic ambiance that teases the ear. The mood is comforting yet slightly ominous: I can hear Here Comes the Indian in how sound effects are deployed to conjure the scene, yet the field recordings are cleaner and richer. “Amazonawana/Anaconda Opportunity” is content to sprawl about, patchwork segments forming a mystifying whole. Avey’s singing takes center stage on the other songs and he sounds amazing. The introspection of Sleep Cycle has rubbed off on him: he strikes a meditative tone in these deep forest gems, drawing the listener closer to the embers. “Man of Oil” has a wonderful vocal hook, pulling the song out of obscurity. He’s more content to bask on the closer, murmurs leading the listener to a “bad trip” climax of startling samples and warbled sounds.

It’s all engaging songwriting, and playing spot-the-throwback is a fun time. Fans will likely dub Meeting of the Waters their best release this decade but I’m hesitant to echo that claim. It’s a crowd pleaser rather than a boundary pusher -- I’m more curious about the “failed” experiments than the smooth-sailing here. Regardless, it’s a great release that interrupts the negative narrative bearing down on the band, cleansing the palette from what they’ve painted with in preparation for the next design.


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Zeta
April 23rd 2017


77 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Day 1 impressions on the new EP. If someone could fix the artwork that would be sweet, haven't had success with that.

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 23rd 2017


30253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fix'd that album art.



Great little write-up. You really have a way with words that is both descriptive and enjoyable to read. I'm a fairweather AC fan so if this is one of their better works I'll definitely check it out.

Digging: Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing

SandwichBubble
April 23rd 2017


9547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't wait to listen to this



Edit: This is such a solid release. Best they've done in quite some time

Sinternet
April 23rd 2017


19117 Comments


Was curious about this, but not enough to purchase this

Digging: Marina - LOVE

theBoneyKing
April 23rd 2017


16323 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Same, I figured I'd leave it for a more rabid AnCo fan than I. If it rises up on the internet somewhere I may give it a peep though.

dbizzles
April 23rd 2017


13075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Me too. It was one of the few releases I was curious about for RSD. Gonna have to check it out.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 23rd 2017


42595 Comments


"If it rises up on the internet somewhere I may give it a peep though."

lol obviously it will

that album art is awesome

Digging: Cvd - Elsewhere Nowhere

kascetcadettt
April 23rd 2017


1602 Comments


http://i.imgur.com/Zhvnwwt.jpg

Zeta
April 23rd 2017


77 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

apparently this was recorded live in a brazillian forest by avey and geologist. was wondering why the panda touch was missing

kascetcadettt
April 23rd 2017


1602 Comments


oh no that meme was made in ms paint

Gyromania
April 23rd 2017


26843 Comments


Love the album art. Review is gay

polyrhythm
April 23rd 2017


2019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this will be a really nice acoustic breath of nostalgia for longtime fans, who have grown weary of how plastic and congested their last few releases have been



Man of Oil sounds like Campfire Songs with (even) stronger melodic sensibilities

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 23rd 2017


42595 Comments


The last thing painting with was is congested. That album sounds like it's missing half of its stems on every song

polyrhythm
April 23rd 2017


2019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't mean in terms of the density of the arrangements, Painting With was very streamlined in that regard. I meant in terms of every inch of the sonic picture dripping with Geologist's synth squelches

polyrhythm
April 23rd 2017


2019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I'm almost paraphrasing Pitchfork's lol comment about "a burrito striking your windshield"

dreamgauze
April 23rd 2017


910 Comments


There's already a rip

Gyromania
April 23rd 2017


26843 Comments


Painting with blows agreed

polyrhythm
April 23rd 2017


2019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I didn't buy the vinyl, I got a 320 rip from the soviets

dreamgauze
April 23rd 2017


910 Comments


Painting With had some good moments but it was not dynamic at all, very same-y and repetitive and a chore to get through even with considering how short it was.

polyrhythm
April 23rd 2017


2019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will defend my 3.5 rating of PW, it has some truly great elements, just a bit relentless and exhausting to listen to



mainly because of them busting out their Geologist-brand Lion In A Coma peanut butter smooze and smearing it over every track for no good reason



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