An official with Baltimore-Washington International Airport confirmed that the new album from Baltimore-bred psych-pop group Animal Collective is indeed playing over terminal speakers. Maybe you're hearing it right now as you prepare to fly home for Thanksgiving, or maybe you should knock off work early for the holiday weekend and go hear for yourself.
Jonathan O. Dean, manager of communications for BWI, said the album premiere was part of an ongoing partnership with radio station WTMD to showcase local music in public parts of the airport—that explains why you've maybe heard the likes of Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Wye Oak, and Beach House there. The airport also host shows—including Andy Bopp, who's playing tonight, Dean said.
"We are not at liberty to confirm or deny this matter at this time," said Scott Mullins, WTMD's program director and acting station manager. "But what a cool idea."
Consequence of Sound was first to report the news after conducting a bunch of Instagram sleuthing, connecting the dots through a picture posted on the account of band member Dave Portner's (aka Avey Tare) cousin. For real.
According to the cousin, Matt Baetz, the music will stop playing at 6. He changed his Instagram bio to read: "The album is worth the trek and can be heard best in the bathrooms, some observation areas pre-security, and the big lounge after security."
Dean said that people arriving at the airport specifically to listen in presented "no security concerns."