Animal Collective at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather Post Pavilion is the ninth studio album from Animal Collective, recorded with Ben Allen in Oxford, Mississippi. After listening to this record, however, it’s clear that Animal Collective have transcended the everyday realities of numbers, locations and people and arrived at a spectacular, unique place.

Animal Collective have made a universal record that makes the same beautiful sense on headphones by day, or soundtracking the small hours of the morning / night, or, you suspect, stretched out in a field on your back. Whether a state of mind, or a rest stop somewhere along the way, Merriweather Post Pavilion magnificently redefines your sense of direction.

Located in different continents, Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin (who is absent from this record) and Geologist, having operated in their unique way since their inception, have now arrived at a point where their inner logic makes perfect sense on the wide screen. Throughout Merriweather Post Pavilion, Panda Bear and Avey Tare sing in a newfound clarity, enraptured by the possibilities of the sound they’re making. Immediate and blissful, the songs ring out with questions and declarations. Who needs choruses when you can find your own answers in the kaleidoscopic exhilaration of these tracks.

Animal Collective are now something of a talismanic force among both their peers and the bands their working methods have influenced. Listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion you’ll hear echoes of everything they’ve recorded to date, especially the mesmeric and melodic repetition of Panda Bear’s last solo opus Person Pitch. The whoops and hollers that have previously held together the sublime, chaotic urgency of their earlier work, now signal the calm sense of euphoria and wonder that ripples through this wide eyed record. As if, by stopping for a moment, the band have caught up with themselves, looked around, smiled, and cut seriously loose.

From the opening echoes and drum roll of In The Flowers to the crazy-happy rhythms of the closing Brother Sport, Merriweather Post Pavilion is, in every sense, a classic album. This record feels like a defining moment for Animal Collective, their generation and these times. Linear, wild and beautiful it’s the sound of a band waiting, with arms open wide, to tell you about what they’ve found. And it’s something pretty special.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    ugh. no luck. anyone who wants 'em, 40 bucks OBO, pit area. if you wanna rave out, that's the spot, right in front of stage. holler 717.679.1901. i have 3. can mail you the PDF or meet you at the concert.

    October 2, 2012

  • shana

    Joining the ranks - I also have a GA Floor ticket available. Willing to off load at face for $45. Let me know if you're interested.

    October 2, 2012

  • adriana

    i have an extra GA ticket available. message me if interested!

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, I have 2 friends that bailed. As such, I have 2x (possibly 3) general admission floor tickets to get rid of. $56 each, face value. [masked] get up with me today/tomorrow!

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Extra ticket claimed.

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up that day, and I have a ticket I need to part with. Message me if interested.

    August 25, 2012

  • j,sportz

    Lawn Seats

    August 15, 2012

  • Chad

    Hey, do you all have lawn seats, or what? Saw them about a year ago...good time.

    August 15, 2012

  • Stacy

    Hi James, do you want to be the host for this event? To add yourself as the host, click Edit (up at the top under the event name), then scroll down and click "Who's hosting this Meetup?" and select your name from the list, then scroll all the way to the bottom and click "Change details."

    June 19, 2012

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