Animal Collective has popped the cork with Merriweather Post Pavilion, allowing the effervescence to spill from Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Avey Tare (David Portner) and Geologist (Brian Weitz) in swaths of sparkling sound.
The ninth album from Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilionis a cosmic swirl of skittering synths, falsetto harmonies, and electronic textures that converge and are meditatively repeated below near-nonsensical lyricism. And while the album presents a new sound (and a more cohesive approach by the Collective), it isn’t without fault, and while all of the compositions are glittering starbursts, hints of monotony are present. There is a vibe woven throughout the album, a feeling that Animal Collective are truly innovating, yet the beatific bubbles don’t quite burst as promised. Stand-outs include the thumping “My Girls” and the shimmering “Bluish,” but the heavy repetition of “Summertime Clothes” and “Guys Eyes” wears thin, distracting from the album’s inventiveness and charm.
Animal Collective’s existence has been built upon unfettered experimentation, and Merriweather Post Pavilion is a natural, organic continuation of this. Although an uneven offering, the album is crisp, clear, and new; a thematic score for late nights, early mornings and psychedelic champagne parties. Heady stuff, indeed.
Merriweather Post Pavilion is out January 20 on Domino Records.