Album Review

Animal Collective – “Sung Tongs ” – [Fat Cat]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

Downsized to the original duo of Panda Bear &
Avey Tare for these Fall 2003 recordings, ANIMAL
COLLECTIVE leaves behind the more outr? experi-
mental electronics for a less ostentatious foray
into a recreational nature pop of field recordings,
incidental noises and acclimated adolescence.
Boasting a single ( # 2) and erstwhile psychedelia
( # 4, 8), atmospheric drone ( # 7), incantation ( # 5)
and delicate acoustic pop ( # 3) and a feeling of
freedom like the last night at camp (with memories
as collage ) that is as much in touch with the pair’s
inner child as the mysteries of creation – never to
pause and analyze or build self-conscious roadblocks,
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE are indie pop exemplars for the
teachings of Maria Montessori :
‘If this is what we learn from society,
how great should be the results among
little children’if the organization of
their work is complete, and their freedom
absolute? It is for this reason that to us they
seem so good, like heralds of hope and of

MITCH August 2004

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