(tip: stare at the album art above, watch it move! does it move?)
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (320kbps mp3)
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This is definitely the pick me up record of the moment. As a good friend of mine put it best, the first two tracks are kinda of hypnotizing. The soundscapes have a lot of layered tones with many subtle transitions. The first track introduces a great percussion section around 2:30 timestamp which set a great tone and induces the hypnosis. This is best experienced loudly for the deep dive. I like to think the creative direction for their album artwork handshakes well with the direction of the music.
The songs that follow continue delivering epic soundscapes that seem to push the listener in a certain direction. It's like moving through a labyrinth of sound. Some clips even have sounds that I'd imagine in a coming of age movie during an epiphanic moment or some kind of amazing discovery.
Order it here, in Vinyl which will give you a coupon to a free digital download direct from the band, or here as a CD.
I'm still digesting this record. Personal favorite tracks include My Girls, Summertime Clothes, and Bluish.