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5.0 out of 5 stars *whisper it* This may just be better than MPP (sort of)., 15 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Fall Be Kind (Audio CD)
'Merriweather Post Pavillion' was released to much (deserved) fanfare earlier this year. The hype surrounding the record was so intense that it sometimes seemed like a struggle to see the forest through the trees. It brought the Animal Collective many new listeners who maybe took a while to warm to the record, but to long-standing fans such as myself, it was the truly beautiful moment when AC finally released their masterpeice and cemented their place in American culture.

So now we are 10 months later and to a much more restrained release, the collective dispatch with their latest EP. This should be considerd as a companion peice to MMP in much the same way that 'Water Curses' was to 'Strawberry Jam' in 2007. The EP opens with what is quite possibly the most beautiful 6 minutes of music this wonderful band have thus far commited to tape. Entitled 'Graze' it starts with a bunch of swirling strings and cellos, eventually comes the commanding voice of Dave Portner(Avey Tare) as he sings of 'letting the light in', 2 minutes in he is joined by Noah Lennox(Panda Bear) who is singing the most beautiful coda (it really does need to be heard), and finally the song collapses in on itself with drums and flutes competeing for supremecy. Follow-up track 'What Would I Want? Sky' will probably be the most talked about track on the disc, as it uses a sample of the Grateful Deads 'Unbroken Chain'. The use of the sample is inspired, as it swirls around the entire 7 minutes with Lennox and Portner joining at seemingly un-scripted intervals.

The opening 13 minutes of this EP are truly the work of a group at the height of inventivness and really on top of their game. But the remaining 3 tracks are nothing less than inspired with 'Bleed' showing signs that the band have'nt forgotten that some of their best work is when they are restrained. Final track 'I Think I Can' is also a highlight with Lennox singing 'Will I get to move on soon?', seemingly implying that this wonderful collective have plans to stretch their sound even furthur into outer-space.

Is this release better than MPP?, well probably not as a whole set (and the short, sub-30 minute length) but it is certainly a marvellous creation which should be heard by anyone with an interest in the group.
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2009, 16:15:13 GMT
Samski says:
MPP???

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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2009, 16:58:10 GMT
'Merriweather Post Pavilion'. Oh, I see my mistake, I've called it MMP!!!!!, oh well maybe the album has finally melted my brain. (to anyone wondering, that is definetly a compliment, and eaquilly quite probable).
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