Song of the Day: “Amanita” – Animal Collective

Animal Collective’s latest album “Centipede Hz”, while full of interesting musical concepts and fragments of sound, is not without its critics (for good reason). It’s too “busy” of an album, lacking the distinctiveness, dynamics and sense of direction of previous classics.

When the album’s approach works however, as on lead single “Today’s Supernatural” and the closing track “Amanita”, Animal Collective are able to create unique soundscapes that rival the best in their catalogue. “Amanita” doesn’t smack you in the face with an initial burst of noise like many of the lesser songs on the album, instead building and releasing throughout the songs 5 1/2 minutes.

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