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Review: Animal Collective – ‘Isn’t It Now?’

  • October 2, 2023
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Review: Animal Collective – ‘Isn’t It Now?’

Animal collective, isn’t it now, Avey tare, panda bear, alternative rock, indie rock

9/10 – EXCELLENT Album

Animal Collective is an experimental and genre-blurring musical collective that has been a prominent force in the indie music scene since the early 2000s. Comprising members Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz), the group has produced a diverse and influential body of work that defies easy categorization. Their latest album Isn’t It Now? would make The Beach Boys proud. Their vocal harmonies, rich sonic textures, and densely layered soundscapes all harken back to Pet Sounds while maintinaing their own artistic integrity.

Innovation and Experimentation: Animal Collective is known for pushing the boundaries of music, blending elements of folk, psychedelia, electronic, and pop into a unique and ever-evolving sound. Their willingness to experiment with unconventional song structures, tribal rhythms, and intricate vocal harmonies has made them pioneers of the experimental music scene.

One of the standout features of Animal Collective’s Isn’t It Now? is their use of intricate and layered sonic textures. They create densely layered soundscapes that can range from dreamy and ethereal to chaotic and noisy. This intricate approach to sound design has earned them a reputation for crafting immersive listening experiences.

The group’s intricate vocal harmonies are a defining element of their music. Avey Tare and Panda Bear’s voices often blend seamlessly, creating a haunting and otherworldly quality to their songs. This vocal interplay is particularly striking in the new album.

Animal Collective’s lyrics often explore themes of nature, nostalgia, and introspection. Their songs can be emotionally resonant and thought-provoking, despite their sometimes abstract and cryptic nature. This emotional depth adds another layer to their music that keeps fans engaged.

Animal Collective is a boundary-pushing musical collective that has made a significant impact on the world of experimental and indie music. Their willingness to explore new sonic territories and their ability to craft emotionally resonant songs have earned them a dedicated following. While their music may not be for everyone due to its experimental nature, it’s undeniable that Animal Collective has left an indelible mark on the music landscape. Isn’t It Now? Is one more incredible piece of work to add to their ever-expanding sonic library.


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