Posted September 17, 2012 by Cooper Point Journal in Arts & Entertainment

Album Review: Animal Collective – Centipede HZ

Perhaps the most obvious conclusion one can reach about Animal Collective over their 13-year stint of recording is that they have consistently avoided doing the same thing twice.They are exceptional at defying expectations and pushing their boundaries every chance they get.The Brooklyn quartet, who released their 9th LP Centipede HZ, on September 4th on Domino Records, will kick off a world tour Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Seattle at the Paramount Theater with guests Micachu & The Shapes

Their newest effort, pronounced “centipede hertz”, is a dense, avant-garde mash of drum machines, synths, samplers, percussion, vocals, and electric guitar. Everything on Centipede HZ is tightly packed in contrast to their earlier work, which was characterized by repetitious sonic textures and expansive aural environments.

Animal Collective is more interested in exploring new musical territory than being easy to listen to.

On “Today’s Supernatural,” Avey Tare’s alien voice combines dizzily with throbbing synth lines and Tropicalia drum machine rhythms.With its futuristic Squarepusher vibe, Centipede HZ is reminiscent of an exotic dance club in a “Blade Runner” world inhabited by aliens from Tatooine.

Check out Animal Collective’s video for the lead single from Centipede Hertz, “Today’s Supernatural.”

*Animal Collective – Tuesday, September 18
Paramount Theater in Seattle. $27.25 – 7:30 PM
911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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By Issac Scott