Last week, Animal Collective debuted their new album at Baltimore-Washington International Airport of all places, and now they’ve officially announced it and shared some music with people other than stressed travelers making their way home for Thanksgiving. The followup to 2012’s Centipede Hz is called Painting With, and it’ll be out in February. After returning for Centipede Hz, Deakin sat this one out again, and the trio of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist recorded the album in Hollywood’s EastWest studios with the goal of making “really short songs: no B.S, get in, get out material,” as Avey puts it. Former Velvet Underground member John Cale also contributed to the album, and so did bass saxophone wizard and frequent hired gun Colin Stetson.
According to a press release, Painting With was in part inspired by early 20th century European avant-garde art like cubism and Dada — the press photo included with the announcement, which can be seen above, is captioned “L.H.O.O.Q.” in reference to Marcel Duchamp’s 1919 work of the same name (aka a bearded and mustachioed Mona Lisa). Appropriately for an album so concerned with art, Painting With has a lot of it: The album is available with three different covers, each featuring a different member of Animal Collective painted by Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw.
Listen to first single “FloriDada,” which sounds like AnCo’s take on “Kokomo,” and check out the full tracklist below.
Here’s the tracklist. Yes, there is a song called “Bagels In Kiev.”
02 “Hocus Pocus”
04 “Lying In The Grass”
05 “The Burglars”
06 “Natural Selection”
07 “Bagels In Kiev”
08 “On Delay”
09 “Spilling Guts”
10 “Summing The Wretch”
11 “Golden Gal”
Painting With is out 2/19 on Domino.