Animal Collective's Odd Wonder

New Yorker explores the world of this indie group
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2007 6:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Those with adventurous musical tastes may want to visit the odd world of Animal Collective, which smashes together electronic and acoustic elements into a brilliant mixture often called, if somewhat inaccurately, "avant-garde" and "psychedelic," says the New Yorker. Sasha Frere-Jones explores the group's eighth album, Strawberry Jam, and finds it slightly more accessible, if no less uncompromising, than previous works.

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Animal Collective started in 2000 as the duo Avey Tare and Panda Bear, adding and subtracting other similarly pseudonymed members until settling on the "collective" name. Frere-Jones likens the music to paintings by de Kooning, "bristling with sonic color and motion," and ventures to a concert, where songs were deconstructed into a lush auditory swirl. (Read more Animal Collective stories.)

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