Featured - Video, Music
Jun 12, 2023

Music Crush Monday: Animal Collective

After disappearing from our radars the early 00’s hit band Animal Collective is back with “Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished” (Remastered 2023).

Image Source: https://animalcollective.fandom.com/wiki/Animal_Collective_(band)

Lets rewind the clock for this story. Set the date to 2000, enter, Dave Portner and Noah Lennox self-releasing a home-recorded album in a tiny edition of CDs. Animal Collective’s de facto ep is far more deliberate, ambitious, and sophisticated than you might remember.

Their self-released debut is back, now remastered and issued alongside an EP of previously unheard tracks from the same period. Looking at their albums through their early years, like 2001’s Danse Manatee and 2003’s Here Comes the Indian (later retitled Ark) can give the impression that the band in its early years was driven mostly by intuition and enthusiasm. You could argue their beats are a summoning pf whatever ecstatic racket their limited tools and proficiency would allow. However, there is certainly a pattern to their creativity and their limited resources created music that has resonated even in time. Perhaps the limits of small budgets and using what is available is what catapulted their success causing the band to create from what they had. Limits can create magic. Animal Collective release that Spirit They’re Gone most resembles is 2005’s Feels, in that it is more or less a rock album, albeit a highly idiosyncratic one. The songs on this album are long and elaborate, with dramatic dynamic and rhythmic shifts, more like progressive rock than anything else in their catalog.

Let us know what you think of this remastered re-release of one of Animal Collective’s most beloved hits.