Animal Collective Drop Their New Single "FloriDada"

A. Noah Harrison

Animal Collective returns with "FloriDada" and a new album release in early 2016.

So we have Animal Collective debuting their new album via the Baltimore-Washington International Airport soundsystem, but for the ears of unsuspecting flyers rather than their loyal fans. Nice!

Between the single’s title and the cover art, which depicts a real life L.H.O.O.Q., Animal Collective seems to be jamming art history down our throats. But how about the music? Well, “FloriDada” has some compelling sounds a la Centipede Hz, but the structure is nothing special, and the hook actually verges on annoying (a la Merriweather Post Pavilion).

Still, recollecting the release of the beloved but ultimately unremarkable single “Little Fang” in relation to last year’s Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, we can console ourselves that the band is merely racking up radio play before dropping the unwieldy whammy of their full release.

And with word of John Cale and Colin Stetson gracing the new album, ostensibly titled Painting With, we should all brace ourselves for something huge.

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