This is not an optical illusion! Oh well, it is... but it's also the cover art for Merriweather Post Pavilion the 8th studio release from Animal Collective. It is out January 20th on Domino Records. And survey says... Me gusta mucho! There are even some - eh - dancefloor friendly tracks? (Not really, but I'll probably try them out anyways.)
The electronic elements of Strawberry Jam are still there but the album feels much warmer. I do not think I encountered anything like Peacebone (hit of of the previous album) on it. But what I did find I fell in love with immediately. In fact, this album is probably the first Animal Collective album I like after the first listen. Current favorite track is My Girls mainly because of the harmonic Beach Boy-esque vocals (what drew me to the band in the first place).
Here are a couple live versions of tracks from their Coachella performance last year. (Domino Records is crackin' down on leaks....sawry... Buy it anyways. It's good.)