The video for “Today’s Supernatural,” a song from Animal Collective’s new recording Centipede Hz is, in many ways, reflective of the impressions one takes away from the LP itself. Boisterous, colorful, busily attired, kaleidoscopically varied, and dizzying in the juxtaposition of its gestural and stylistic vocabularies, Centipede Hz is both a confirmation of the long term overarching trajectory of Animal Collective’s music making and an upping of the ante of indie pop’s penchant for postmodern juxtaposition.
If 2009′s Merriweather Post Pavillion was Animal Collective’s dalliance with the indie mainstream, Centipede Hz finds them back in more musically challenging environs. Whether the band will continue further down this pathway of experimentation, or instead return to the (relatively speaking) more pop functional language found on Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective seems destined in the future to find still more ways to surprise its listeners.
Centipede Hz is available now via Domino Records.