Opening with the surreal Dragonslayer, the Baltimore four-piece combine the sounds of autoharp, synths and lap steel guitar to bring a vivid scene to life, while the Yellow Magic Orchestra-inspired Car Keys reminds listeners of the power of Panda Bear and Avey Tare’s harmonised vocals. Elsewhere on the record the band pay tribute to British-American experimental music pioneer Scott Walker (who passed away in 2019) on Walker, before enchanting with the hypnotic Passer-by.
Time Skiffs is proof that even 20 years and 11 albums in, Animal Collective still possess an abundance of vitality.
Time Skiffs by Animal Collective is out Feb 4 via Domino.
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