Painting With ( Domino)

Pasatiempo - - PASA TEMPOS - — Robert Ker

In 2012, the mem­bers of An­i­mal Col­lec­tive — one of the most in­flu­en­tial in­die-rock bands of the 2000s — found them­selves fac­ing some­thing they were un­ac­cus­tomed to: a dis­ap­pointed fan­base. Af­ter grad­u­ally adding new lay­ers to their bass- and- Beach- Boys, child­like psychedelia for a decade, they over­stuffed Cen­tipede Hz — a fine, if slightly form­less, al­bum that had the mis­for­tune of fol­low­ing the band’s mas­ter­piece, 2009’s Mer­ri­weather Post Pavil­ion. Per­haps as a re­sult, they play it safe on Painting With, their first al­bum that finds them re­tread­ing familiar ground. Open­ing track “FloriDada” harks back to the camp­fire- on-acid vibe of their early work, while “Spilling Guts” finds them pound­ing what sounds like a harp­si­chord like the bass in the big tent at an EDM festival. At times, this can make Painting With sound like a record by one of their (many) im­i­ta­tors, if it weren’t for their su­perb singing — lead vo­cal­ists Avey Tare and Panda Bear braid com­plex melodies around each other, oc­ca­sion­ally f low­ing to­gether on near-per­fect har­monies. “Golden Gal” blends this with a sam­ple from TV’s The Golden Girls and a showtune-like melody. The one type of An­i­mal Col­lec­tive song that is sadly miss­ing is the ex­tended jam; in­stead, this is a tight pop al­bum full of im­me­di­ate plea­sures, seem­ingly de­signed to gain new fans — or to win back old ones.

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