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Our Music Year No. 35: Animal Collective, ‘Here Comes the Indian’

By From page B6 | February 04, 2013

Artist: Animal Collective
Title: “Here Comes the Indian”
Year: 2003
Format: Spotify
Grade: C+

AnCo hasn’t exactly made its reputation by crafting happy, easily digestible pop songs, but “Here Comes the Indian” is especially ambitious.

The first album on which all four current members appear is more of experimental mood poetry than a collection of songs.

The songs have little structure, if any. Much of “Here Comes” alternates between minute-long bursts of noise and yelling with minutes of ambient sound.

The 12-minute-long “Two Sails on a Sound” is a droning, ambient, nighttime walk through a creepy forest. The whining of a drill bit is used as part of the music at one point.

“Slippi” is the most fully formed idea here, the closest to fitting what anyone would define as a song. It’s indicative of the direction the band took of successive records.

This is not for the uninitiated when it comes to Animal Collective. I admire their ambition and willingness to experiment, but it’s not something I see myself reaching for in the future.

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 protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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