New Town Burnout
Label: Domino Recording Co
Centipede Hz, Animal Collective's ninth, is, at least by name, an apt metaphor for the band's gift at piecing together myriad sounds into odd yet seamless creatures. The quartet drives in hyper-mode, miles away from the lush pop of Merriweather Post Pavilion: Synths bubble like active mud pools as rickety beats, organs, guitars and sneering, distorted yelps (mostly from Avey Tare) run in feverish circles ("Monkey Riches"). "Today's Supernatural" rides a decaying global-punk carousel, "New Town Burnout" is Radiohead translated by Martians and "Amanita" is named after toxic mushrooms. Eat up.