Animal Collective has always been eccentric in both songwriting and performance. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, this experimental rock quartet has stretched the boundaries of music since day one and their shows are a must see. Geologist’s (Brian Weitz) headlamp that he wears at shows to see his equipment is an example. Their last album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, was well-crafted and brought something a little catchier to the table. For example, the single “My Girls” seemed to have served as a foundation for the band’s current direction.

Centipede Hz blends the unique Animal Collective sound that we’re used to with sharp, punctuated turns. The opening track, titled “Moonjock,” exemplifies this. As with every other album, contributions from every member of the band are apparent. Avey Tare’s (David Portner) influence is heavy, but a lot of original fans of the band could critique that Panda Bear’s (Noah Lennox) influence is more valuable and should remain as the chief contributor.

Over the years Animal Collective has moved their grungy music into the studio for a cleaner, possibly more marketable sound. “Wide Eyed” which features Deakin’s (Josh Dibb) vocals is one of the best songs on the album. The song “Applesauce” resembles their older work the most and “Monkey Riches” has an awesome vibe to it. “Today’s Supernatural” and “New Town Burnout” are both great listens as well.

Centipede Hz is due out September 4, 2012 via Domino Records. It is available for pre-order on iTunes now; you can also currently stream the album on their website Animal Collective will kick off their tour to support the album on September 18, 2012 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA and end right here in Brooklyn, NY at Williamsburg Park on October 5, 2012.

Album Rating: 8.5/10
By Michael Haskoor