Artist: Animal Collective
Title: “Centipede Hz”
Format: Website stream (Spotify)
Animal Collective are masters of making bizarre concepts listenable, so a person must be primed to go places upon first hearing a new AnCo album.
“Centipede Hz,” the band’s first since its 2009 breakthrough, “Merriweather Post Pavilion,” continues its dedication to never making two records that sound alike or much like anyone else.
“Centipede Hz” is in keeping with the Baltimore quartet’s trend for quirk. “Today’s Supernatural,” the lead single, feels like an effort to cram as many ideas into the same song as possible, yet Avey Tare’s stutter on the repeated “Let-let-let-let-let-let go” makes the tune somehow click.
Some records age like wine, others like milk. Historically, initial listens to AnCo records leave the impression they will do the latter and instead the former happens. So, while the first impression of “Centipede Hz” is that it’s overstuffed, I’m open to the possibility it will turn into wine as the clock marches forward.
Given the fact Animal Collective’s last four records – “Sung Tongs,” “Feels,” “Strawberry Jam” and “MPP” – all reached their full potential as palate pleasers with time, “Centipede Hz” deserves the benefit of a few doubts.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.