On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year, word began to spread that the forthcoming album from Animal Collective, the avant-pop group with roots in Baltimore, was premiering on the terminal speakers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Any details beyond that were scarce.
The band, working as the trio of Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Dave Portner (Avey Tare), and Brian Weitz (Geologist), the same formulation that produced "Merriweather Post Pavilion," announced today the details of its 10th studio album, "Painting With."
According to the press release, the album touches on artistic concepts such as cubism and dadaism (the first single is 'FloriDada') and the way those artists perceive the world. It also, according to the band, sounds like Animal Collective's most straightforward release to date. Portner referred to it as "really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material . . . " In an interview with Rolling Stone, Weitz called it their "Ramones record."
First single 'FloriDada,' a jaunty track stacked with harmonies that takes several twists and turns, seems to show that. And hey, it includes a local lyrical nod: "The Maryland meadows at midnight they do have a misty grace." Listen below.
"Painting With," which includes guest appearances by John Cale and saxophonist Colin Stetson, is due out Feb. 19, 2016. The LP and CD will come with three different covers featuring a Brian DeGraw painting of each of the members.Copyright © 2018, Baltimore City Paper