Eu­ca­lyp­tus Un­der­cooked med­i­ta­tions from an­i­mal Col­lec­tive alum­nus

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The An­i­mal col­lec­tive man’s sec­ond al­bum is de­scribed as “an elec­troa­cous­tic move­ment through leaves, rocks and dust”, but feels stuck in a mud pit. The new age sprin­kles of opener “Sea­son High” sets a tone for an al­bum that, across 15 tracks, would feel like a slog for a B-sides col­lec­tion. There are grenade­flash mo­ments of in­trigue, as on the hyp­notic “Ms Se­cret”, but the bulk of it is loaded with sketches of ideas. even as med­i­ta­tive ex­plo­ration it feels too busy to sink into; the re­sult is a dis­jointed, jar­ring mix of washy at­mo­spher­ics, bleary elec­tron­ics and half-baked songs.

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