While people are busy debating the merits of Merriweather Post Pavilion (or streaming it for the first time), the band’s debuting new material. That’s why they’re Animal Collective and you aren’t, lazy bones. The guys showcased the new track, ostensibly called “Blue Sky” at KOKO London, where they reportedly played most of Merriweather (seven cuts) in addition to the oldie “Slippi” and a “Winters Love” so thoroughly reworked it was basically unrecognizable. “Blue Sky” is likely unrecognizable because it’s new. The song is a slow transitional gurgle that builds with loopy, waterlogged vocals and, after a while, understated sparkling percussive accents.
Animal Collective – “Blue Sky (New Song)” (Live) (MP3)
(GvB, via Collective Animals, via KOKO)
A.C. swing back into the States next week. We plan to make a field trip to the Bowery show, so look for the guy (Scott) dressed in a panda bear suit.
01/20 – New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom
01/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
01/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
01/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
01/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
You’ll find additional dates at their MySpace.
[Photo via Wedding Present Live Journal]