“Painting With” Animal Collective

February 25, 2016



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The experimental indie band Animal Collective’s new album “Painting With” was simply not all it could have been.

Members Avery Tare (David Portner), Geologist (Brian Weitz), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) and Deakin (Josh Dibb) came together to produce a decent album, but not anything mind blowing like previous albums have been.


At first the album did not seem very significant, but it does eventually begin to  grow on you. Most of Animal Collective’s albums leave you with a bittersweet nostalgic feeling of unforgettable times with friends.


The band has always had a way of reminding us we are still young, to cherish those times and enjoy life while also pursuing an individual journey of self-exploration.


Their 2005 album “Feels” expresses celebrates being young and the brotherhood one shares with close  friends through traveling, drinking and experimenting with different kinds of drugs.


This band has never been afraid to be unique, out there and honest about their music and perspectives on life.


Many of their fans feel more for the band than just their music, as most of their albums and lyrics go beyond simply listening to and making listeners think about life.


“Painting With” however fell short of this, not fully living up to its expectations.


While most of their songs are known to be a little more on the out there side, most of their albums normally have at least one catchier song.


“Painting With” mostly includes songs that bring out Animal Collective’s more unusual side, as each song feels like it is taking you on a trip to another dimension.


“ForiDada” starts off the album as a fun song with a catchy beat.


“Lying in the Grass” uses different elements in a subtle way like the saxophone, which is a really nice touch, because it is different from the more electronic aspects of the song.


“Golden Gals” is also a good song about finding the perfect girl. Although this song, along with many others on the album, sound very similar to previous Animal Collective songs.


They are able to introduce new methods making it instead the same band displaying how they can sound the same, but different enough to keep people listening.


Many of the songs on the album become better after listening to them more than once.


As with many of Animal Collective songs, it is hard to decipher what all is going when first listening because of all of the musical elements the band incorporates into each song.


It seems the band‘s intention is for people to reflect on the music and the lyrics, taking on a different meaning each time the song is played.


This album is not necessarily the band’s best work, but it still is a testament to the band’s talent and passion for their music and what they consider to be important aspects of being human.


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