Review: Animal Collective, ‘Fall Be Kind’

Review: Animal Collective, ‘Fall Be Kind’: Aidin Vaziri | Who could have predicted that 2009’s most critically revered indie rock outfit would be a Baltimore trio covered in face paint whose music is a woozy melange of psychedelic harmonies, ambient noise and synthetic beats? Things get even weirder on this five-song EP of outtakes from Animal Collective’s most recent album, “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” The arrangements are looser, the melodies more fluid. Most of the songs shouldn’t even really be called songs. But when “What Would I Want? Sky” veers into a sample from the Grateful Dead’s “Unbroken Chain” – the first ever licensed use of a tune by the band – it’s enough to make you pull out the home tie-dye kit.


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