Because of Montreal never does anything half-assed, Kevin Barnes and company will be releasing a voluminous rarities compilation on October 23, entitled Daughter of Cloud (sixteen originals and an out-of-left-field Buffalo Springfield cover), just a few months after releasing one of 2012′s weirdest albums. “Micro University” is one of the confirmed tracks, and reminds me a bit of the band’s emphasis on funk on Skeletal Lamping along with the more straightforward pop inflections of Satanic Panic in the Attic.
of Montreal – “Micro University”
Psychedelia/freak-folk flagbearers/nutjobs Animal Collective have already started streaming the follow-up to 2009′s critically-acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion, and the buzz across the Interwebs is (predictably) stellar. It’s more of a return to the band’s earlier, stranger sounds (see: Strawberry Jam, Feels), with just a bit of the pop sheen that MPP appropriated so well in evidence. I’m not as high on it as most (full/embarrassing disclosure: not a huge early AnCo fan), but a few songs have caught my ear. “Rosie Oh” is Animal Collective doing their own, blissfully unaware, thing, all Wonka-esque sound effects and a bubbling psychedelic background that reminds me a bit of new of Montreal, complete with a necessarily strong, off-kilter hook. Centipede Hz is set to be released on Domino on September 4.
Animal Collective – “Rosie Oh”
Four years later and we finally have a third album from Zack Condon and friends, and from the leaks that have been floating around the Internet recently The Rip Tide is a stellar affair. Now that Beirut is a full-fledged band and not just Condon’s solo Baltic music musings, their already expansive sound has been magnified, but The Rip Tide may be their most accessible sound yet. “Payne’s Bay” brings everything out with an exotically flavored horn section, crashing drums and Condon’s typically morose yet, in this tune at least, hopeful vocals.
Beirut – “Payne’s Bay”