With Merriweather Post Pavilion, somehow Animal Collective managed to wrangle in all the psychedelic chaos just enough to create something accessible. It was an album that still kept that edge that AC fans loved, but gave enough melody and structure to give it a low barrier to entry. You might think, “Oooh Animal Collective is going mainstream now, their next album is going to be pop hitz and Rihanna guest spots.” Not the case. Here’s what AC member John “Deakin” Dibb had to say about the band’s next album, Centipede Hz:
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.”
Centidpede Hz drops September 4th. Here are the band’s tour dates.