Strawberry Jam was the one before the big one for Animal Collective and although the subsequent Merriweather Post Pavillion album now tends to dominate the rest of their catalogue, Strawberry Jam is not without its charms. It sees the band moving further away from their weird folk roots towards more of a weird pop mainstream. Ideas galore as usual some good, some not so but on tracks like opener Peacebone the band seemed to achieve the mixture of the catchy and the experimental that they'd spend a decade searching for.
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Animal Collective: 'Strawberry Jam' (Domino), seems to take it's cue from the last Panda Bear album, full of vocals to the fore, high melody factor and much more potential for crossover into mainstream radio play. We've been playing this for a few weeks now on promo and by heck it surely does grow and grow to infectious levels. Still, not sure what the lyrics are getting at, but, as the title implies it certainly is a sweet concoction of a strange combination of sounds that go together to create a mighty impressive layering of unlikely textures and juxtapositions of song-cycles, everyday sounds and serial movements with loops going off at all sorts of tangents. A multitracked melange of sweet madness as only they can. Vinyl edition comes first, CD later...
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