Painting With

Painting With

The tenth album from fearless kitchen-sink experimentalists Animal Collective builds on a sound the band first explored on 2012’s Centipede Hz: bouncy, busy, colourful psych-pop for a post-guitar generation. Opening with the most immediate song they’ve ever recorded (“FloriDada”), Painting With strips away the meandering naturalism of Sung Tongs and the cavernous ambience of Merriweather Post Pavilion for a carbonated, synth-heavy sound conjuring '50s sci-fi soundtracks (“Hocus Pocus”), '80s video-game music (“The Burglars”) and something from just beyond tomorrow (“Lying in the Grass”). It’s an album that retains the band’s idiosyncratic sweetness while managing to be unusually direct.

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