Formed in 1999, Animal Collective have long been one of the most exciting and engaging bands around – shaping the musical landscape with their releases both as individuals and as part of the group. Made up of David Portner (who also releases solo material under the guise of Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Josh Dibb (Deakin), the outift are resoponsible for some of the century’s most distinctive and seminal LPs. Perhaps best known for 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, 2012’s Centipede Hz and 2007’s Strawberry Jam, the band will return in 2016 with new album Painting With, released through Domino.
The first track taken from the album, FloriDada, exhibits the same ear for innovation, and unique songcraft that has long been their hallmark. Vice described the track as “the springy, excited music we’ve all come to know the group for”, with The Fader adding “it’s bright and brash and it brims with youthful energy”. In preparation for the release of the record, Animal Collective have curated a Spotify playlist comprising their personal highlights of the first 15 years of their career, which can be found here.