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The ghost of Animal Collective looms large over a large majority of modern groups. Here is another. Now onto their second record having transferred from Upset the Rhythm to Fat Cat, they are going to have to win me over with tunes as the first few minutes reveals enough annoying noises to make you go running back to ‘Centipede Hz’ begging forgiveness.
‘Love and Weather’ once it gets the farty balloon noises out of its system reveals itself to be a remarkably sweet pop song somehow contriving to combine the collective sounds of Mew, My Bloody Valentine and Deerhoof into one dizzying spectacle. Like Animal Collective (and to an extent Rob Brydon) they are unable to make a single utterance in anything approaching a normal voice, instead using all kinds of wibbles, squeaks and pitch shifting devices to disguise themselves. They also fully utilise that afro-tribal drum thing.
There’s another modern day popular band whose influence is at large here; Fuck Buttons, especially on ‘Bury Um Deep’ which sounds something like a 2014 take on Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’. The album is a kaleiderscope of sounds and frequently threatens to run riot leaving us all to clean up the mess. Its clever, in-vogue experimental pop that has, at times, left me quite cold. But so does Animal Collective.
Yet the tagline could be Animal Collective meets Fuck Buttons which, on paper, sounds like a tantalising prospect.
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