Merriweather Post Pavilion, the eighth album from Animal Collective, is supposed to sound like that—just out of focus, blurring into sharp relief.
Don’t adjust your radio/CD player/other music-listening device. “Experimental” and “psychedelic” are prominent genre tags for this indie rock band, and understandably so. The four-piece revels in unexpected aural combinations via droning, resonant electronics combined with tight samples and lushly expansive vocals. The subsequent attention to these layers and the finely-tuned, richly textured production reveals new tidbits with each recurrent listen. It’s no coincidence then that 2009’s MPP has been compared sonically to Pet Sounds (see above); the same Phil Spector “wall of sound” The Beach Boys emulated is brought by Animal Collective to the 21st century, delivered to our ears on a buzzing, silver platter.
Mega popular: “My Girls”