General Music News Apr 11, 2014 12:11:10 GMT -8
Post by Geoffrey Jellineck on Apr 11, 2014 12:11:10 GMT -8
I really love this. Sung Tongs was what got me into Animal Collective.
Animal Collective’s music didn’t just accompany my life, it embodied and sometimes even validated it. Here was a band that not only seemed to think that the bare fact of existence was as fucked-up and confusing as I did, but also managed to replicate that confusion in sound.
Same. 'Leaf House' was the first AC song I ever heard and I was hooked immediately.
What grabbed me about the band was the way their music blurred the line between familiar and alien forms. An Animal Collective album could sound like noise struggling to become a song, or a nursery rhyme that had been melted down and smeared across the stereo field. Listening to them was like looking at a mask: I might recognize it as a face, but I’d never mistake it for one.
And I think this part speaks to AC's polarizing sound that is a deal-breaker for some but gets me all stoked out:
At first, it embarrassed me. Men who had been covered in The New York Times had no business squealing like infants. But in the squealing there was the promise of a safe space, a circle of protection in which I was invited to experience feelings that didn’t have a place anywhere else.