Record Label: Domino Records
Merriweather Post Pavilion is the ninth full length album from Animal Collective, recorded with Ben Allen in Oxford, Mississippi. 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, or 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, and Geologist, having operated in their unique way since their inception, have now arrived at a point where their innerlogic makes perfect sense on the whole. 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.
Throughout Merriweather Post Pavilion, Panda Bear and Avey Tare sing in a newfound clarity, enraptured by the possibilities of the sound they’re making. This record feels like a defining moment for Animal Collective; 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.