AnCo’s Deakin Promises Centipede Hz Will Be Weird

In what is either great news or terrible news, depending on where you stand on Animal Collective circa 2012, the now-back-in-the-fold Animal Collective guitarist Josh “Deakin” Dibb says stuff is gonna get weird on the forthcoming Centipede Hz. Here’s Dibb:

I remember saying, “This is going to be harder for people to swallow.” There’s no doubt about it: people are going to react to this. It wasn’t being bummed about it or a critical comment of the music or anything ­— I’m really stoked and I think the record’s amazing, personally. But there was an instant melodic gratification to Merriweather and I think we intentionally made a record this time that is a lot more … um … [laughs] We took a left turn at weird town. For the most part, every song, in terms of the way the record is laid out and the choices we made sonically, is way more challenging. And that’s been verified by every person I’ve played it for so far. People have said they love the record. Friends of ours have said it took them two or three times to even understand it. Merriweather is not that. From the first note of Merriweather you’re like, “Oh my God, I just wanna dance” or “My heart’s exploding.” This is more like, “This is amazing but I’m confused and I don’t quite know what’s going on and I think I need to listen to it again and maybe I should turn it off.”

(via Stool Pigeon)

Two recent singles certainly suggested a break away from the melody of Merriweather, for what it’s worth. Centipede Hz is out 9/4 on Domino.