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The continually rolling sound of the opening track, It's You, is gorgeous stuff... with Vashti's lulled and dreamy vocals setting the mood for the rest of the EP. There are all kinds of little tinkling and twinkling effects on the song that really evoke a certain feeling of floating or drifting, an idea only taken further by the fluttering electronic effects, which occasionally coast in to disarm us, causing the song to stutter to a halt, whilst simultaneously, adding to that whole feeling of wandering through a misty, mossy moor. The title track is stranger still, building on a woozy backing melody and some rhythmic percussion. The vocals, both from Bunyan, and from the band on backing duties, are perfect, complimenting the hazy instrumentation, whilst continuing that pastoral dreamscape creation established on the first song. I love the lyrics too...Read more ›
apparently, the collective got talking to the lady in question during their last uk tour...and... after much talking, 3 songs were recorded with some of the most uniqe vocals i have heard for a long long time. her voice almost whispers..though how to explain the whisper is beyond me. but somehow it fits in almost perfectly with the music. though, it shouldnt. it almost feels like a total mis-match that has worked out perfectly.
the collective this time are still in the sung tongs mode, though noticable less energetic. the acoustic guitars still drone and the drums still pound when they get the chance. avery tare and panda bear also have their vocals too... though again, vashi bunyan takes the lead. in fac the vocals are possibly the most unusual thing about this ep... neither the animal collective or vashti bunyan seem to take the lead roles in the voal department. this is pretty unusual as both 'sides' have a highly distinctive vocal presence, yet somehow both are muted. but it works wonderfully. if either had the lead vocals, i dont think the ep would have worked quite so well as it does.
the only song not to have vocals is the only song which geologist makes an apperance. here he lends his hand to the chilled vibe with a great instrumental piece which somehow sounds like a mix of sung tongs and here comes the indian. its electronic but with the almost trademark guitar drone off sung tongs. and it fits in perfecctly with the other 3 tracks.
and i think the collective have again come up with another excellent, if slightly short, piece of music. where they will go next i have no idea...but for now, the animal collective are riding exceptionally high on my list of absolute genius bands...