Oh and yes, completely forgot about the keyboard (I only caught a glimpse a few times. Being at the front also meant having my view obstructed by the giant screen sculpture at the front and center of the stage.)
Let's put it this way, if you were looking for a dance party, you were bored to death (I was around so many bros on ecstasy and molly very let down yet still trying to dance. Pretty hilarious.), but if you were wanting sonic bliss to wash over you, it was, well, sonic bliss.
And the set was kinda the polar opposite of what I imagine the Animal Collective set at Coachella being with the crazy technological sculpture working with. Instead the set design was about as "analog" as it gets, but needless to say pretty cool. There were many different screen sculptures that had lights and projections projecting into them from the inside (the crystal looking structures). There was also projection on the eyes and mouth of that crazy skull looking thing in the back.
Also, as I mentioned above, the full use of stereo was fucking great. For a good portion of the set, Avey Tare's vocals had an effect where his vocals were constantly wavering between the left and right speakers. Being front and center, I got full benefit of this constant panning. I've never experienced something like that in a live environment, and dammit, I'm a fan. I enjoyed it much more than the set I saw at Pitchfork in '08 (though that could possibly be because I was antsy as the afterparty show with King Khan and Jay Reatard was happening immediately after).
So to restate my thesis, if you're just wanting to dance, you may have come to the wrong place, but if you really listened and were able to enjoy the subtleties (though I can understand the argument that that would be much better in a headphone format), you fucking loved it like I did.
A few notes: -So glad Deakin is back. He added something that I felt was missing last time I saw them. -Panda Bear played drums the whole time with a pretty sweet-ass drumset which was just bass, snare, cymbal, giant shaker, and shekere (if you don't know what that is, see here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekere ) on a hi-hat stand (which is fucking genius since the primary method of playing a shekere is by moving it up and down). He's an AMAZING drummer. Was reminded why he's sexually my fave. -Geologist's role is way more important than I originally thought before. He IS the foundation of Animal Collective. -Avey just bein' Avey. No need to say more.
Newly arisen updates furthering my points (though I think the clips shown in the interview serve better than the full song they chose).
Post by Horned Gramma on Aug 17, 2011 3:14:04 GMT -8
WOW! Holy shit, that's the first I've heard of the new material. OUTSTANDING!!
-Avey is a weird fucker. -Love Panda's spirit animal shirt, although it is sadly lacking a moon and another couple wolves. -Geologist always looks so pissed off that nobody realizes that he is the Brian Eno of the group. -SO GLAD DEAKIN IS BACK
Post by know ID yuh on Aug 26, 2011 9:00:36 GMT -8
I was playing disc golf recently, and had my mp3 player on random when an Animal Collective song came on. My friends (who found it annoying) said a couple kids walking by asked out loud, "what is that noise?" I don't think they knew music was playing.