News: Animal Collective
Avant pop troupe warn fans new LP 'Centipede Hz' will be 'harder for people to swallow'
Words Cian Traynor
Animal Collective have warned fans that their upcoming album, Centipede Hz, will not be as easy to digest as their last LP, 2009’s breakthrough Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Speaking to The Stool Pigeon ahead of the album’s release in September on Domino, the band’s Josh Dibb (better known as ‘Deakin’) says that after two months of writing new material together in their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, it was clear that the project would pose a challenge to listeners.
“I remember saying, ‘This is going to be harder for people to swallow.’ There’s no doubt about it: people are going to react to this. It wasn’t being bummed about it or a critical comment of the music or anything — I’m really stoked and I think the record’s amazing, personally. But there was an instant melodic gratification to Merriweather and I think we intentionally made a record this time that is a lot more…um… [laughs] We took a left turn at weird town. For the most part, every song, in terms of the way the record is laid out and the choices we made sonically, is way more challenging. And that’s been verified by every person I’ve played it for so far. People have said they love the record. Friends of ours have said it took them two or three times to even understand it. Merriweather is not that. From the first note of Merriweather you’re like, ‘Oh my God, I just wanna dance’ or ‘My heart’s exploding.’ This is more like, ‘This is amazing but I’m confused and I don’t quite know what’s going on and I think I need to listen to it again and maybe I should turn it off.’”