Video: Animal Collective - "I'd Rather/Little Kid" (Live)

As strange as they are, Animal Collective are one of my very favorite bands.  Their music is so experimental that it's unlike pretty much anything else on this planet, and yet it is usually very melodic and pleasing to the ear.  There's simply no one else that can do what they do.

That being said, when I saw that there was some footage of AC playing new songs floating around the blogs earlier this year, I declined to watch.  I figured that either the footage would be shot on a cellphone or the new material wouldn't sound like much because the band are notorious for experimenting with new stuff on tour before having any idea what the finished song is like.  But, the other night I was curious so I decided to look into these videos, and I'm glad I did.  Yes, the videos were shot on cellphones, but it was totally worth watching because it sounds like AC is writing some really awesome new material.  I really don't know how they could top their last album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, but it sounds like they might do it based on these probably still unfinished songs.  These songs are more melodic and seem to have more emotion than any of their other stuff, and these guys are one of the best bands at conveying emotion in the most basic human way.  One song that really stood out for me was the nine-minute encore they played at a show in Cali.  I felt so drawn in by this song it was like I was there.  Watch the video below and tell me these guys aren't some of the most creative dudes in music right now.




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