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ALBUM – Sung Tongs

ARTIST – Animal Collective

YEAR – 2004

I remember, recently, my sister saying something about there being all these “collective” efforts out there at the moment, and how she’d seen lots of acts – mostly shitty – all aboard the bandwagon.  So, as silly as it may seem, as I was rummaging through my iTunes library looking for something to listen to, it dawned on me, the “something” my sister said; and then, as the connection was made, I hit play on “Winter’s Love”, my favourite track from Animal Collective‘s Sung Tongs.

As an album, as a band, I really can’t put my finger on these guys.  I’ve been reading up on their history and tendencies and influences and…  Nothing.  I listen to the album, over and over again, enjoy it, but can’t really come up with something to say.  What I mean is that unlike Led Zeppelin, a band you can say a million things about, with reasonable certainty about what you’re talking about, this arrangement of players leaves me a blank.

Fill in the gaps, if you please.  I like the band, I really enjoy their music.  It’s so different and out there – FAROUT, DUDE (yes, a reference to the Dude, from The Big Lebowski).  It actually feels like his dream sequence – crazy and very, very trippy.  It’s at times light and fluffy, like on “Sweet Road” and sometimes a bit dense, but never heavy handed.  Always a delight.  But also always very peculiar.  You really need to check this out.

Right, then.  Some songs come to mind, two already mentioned.  I’ll start with “Sweet Road” and say that, even though it’s got just over a minute of playtime, it’s a gem.  It feels like a warm, green, bright, humid, cozy, suburban (american-style), summer day.  Seriously, try it on for size.  It’s a happy, happy song.  The other mentioned track, “Winters Love” is also pretty happy, but it’s got a different feel.  Sounds like a big chorus or a whole lot of people got together to bang on things and sing and make a very sweet song.  Again, very trippy, but great, nonetheless.  There’s an abrupt break at around 1:51 into it, which is what I love about the song.  It’s hectic and melodic, great and captivating.  So cool.

I reckon most will have trouble with this – I actually hope people will, so I can at least feel as if I’m on the same page as you, my readers (the three of you).  Regardless, I recommend a listen.  Press play and let go.  Leave it be, from start to finish.  I guarantee you’ll have a good time.  It’ll feel weird at times, but get over it and try to finish up the album.  Then, and only then, make up your mind.  Also, maybe a second or third or fourth listen is necessary to “get” this album.  Cheers…


  1. hadn’t read this yet.. and i STILL haven’t listened to animal collective properly.

    • You´re a Animal Collective…


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