'Centipede Hz' is the tenth full length Animal Collective album following the widely celebrated 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' (2009), and also the first since 'Strawberry Jam' (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin. As the album's opening bars of drum crashes and radio interference on 'Moonjock' immediately make clear, having returned as a four piece, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date.
Once touring for Merriweather Post Pavilion was concluded at the end of 2009, Animal Collective released their visual album Oddsac on DVD. The film was also screened internationally at theatres and film festivals. Regrouping as a four piece with original member Deakin once more in the band, Animal Collective reconvened in their native Baltimore in January-March 2011 to write material for 'Centipede Hz' with a further session later in the year. Rather than swapping ideas over the internet and file-sharing Animal Collective were, for the first time in many years, exchanging ideas in the same room by playing live instruments. Panda Bear returned to playing a sit-down drum kit for the first time since 'Here Comes The Indian' (2003) and Geologist began playing live keyboards again.
Part of the inspiration for 'Centipede Hz' included the band's memories of growing up listening to station announcements and commercials on the radio and imagining the after life of radio signals from the past, forgotten transmissions that are now lost in space and broadcasting music from other planets for other life forms. This is reflected in the album's sound, which features the white noise of radio interference and buried frequencies overlaid with the band's peerless melodic sensibilities and compositional methods. The result is a panoramic set of songs that shimmer with the confidence and wonder of Animal Collective's unique inner logic and the luminous warmth of their sound world.
To celebrate the release of 'Centipede Hz' we've got this super awesome prize pack to giveaway courtesy of Domino/EMI and Big Day Out:
- 'Centipede HZ' album on double vinyl
- A double pass to see Animal Collective live at the Big Day Out in your nearest capital city
- Back catalogue items including 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' and 'Strawberry Jam' CD albums plus 'Fireworks' and 'Brothersport/Bleeding (Live)' single vinyl
- Signed and blockmounted limited edition Animal Collective Australian tour poster (2009) designed by Greedy Hen
'Centipede Hz' is out now and you can grab it on iTunes here! Don't forget, Animal Collective also tour as part of the Big Day Out in 2013:
Fri Jan 18 - Sydney
Sun Jan 20 - Gold Coast
Fri Jan 25 - Adelaide
Sat Jan 26 - Melbourne
Mon Jan 28 - Perth
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