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Animal Collective’s records have inspired reactions from excitement to disappointment to downright distaste over the years, with their recent technicolour explosion Centipede Hz often falling into gratingly hyperactive, bright and wacky chunks of heavily produced madpop which judders and thumps around in your head like an epileptic woodpecker. Thankfully they’ve opted for one of the (slightly) less obnoxious numbers from that album as their new single, but it’s still a relentlessly pumping passage of chattery, punchy pop which will no doubt polarise opinions.
On the flip we’ve got “non-album live favourite” ‘Crimson’, although the press release does not specify whose favourite it is. It’s quite understated too actually, with an almost Hawksley Workman-ish vocal line accompanied by bass and regular fluttery sensory pulses.As with the recent ‘Honeycomb/Gotham’ 7” they’ve tempered something from their gratingly busy new album by pairing it with something much gentler and more spacious, but it’s hard to tell if I like it because it’s a good song or I’m just grateful they’re not battering my head with their lurid ADD pop-vomit any more.
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