Animal Collective: Fall Be Kind

Animal Collective (pic from RVCA)

After a mysterious Amazon entry appeared online a couple days ago, that intense Animal Collective cult of rumor and hype was up and running at full force. Will it be a permutation of the previously discussed Brother Sport EP? Is it the so-called “visual album” the guys have been working on? Could it even be a new record? Well, Avey Tare spoke to Pitchfork and cleared a lot of things up about their next releases and more.

Turns out, as many had already managed to deduce, Fall Be Kind is in fact an EP likely to come out digitally mid-November and on vinyl and CD in early December. Collecting Merriweather-outtakes “Graze” (formerly “Grace”, “Pan Flute Jam”) and “I Think I Can”, the Grateful Dead-sampling “What Would I Want? Sky”, newer track “Bleed”, and one more unreleased song from around the MPP era (“On a Highway”), Fall Be Kind is packed with some pretty exciting stuff, for sure. And yet obsessive fans are still crying for a studio version of “From a Beach”. I suppose that’s inevitable, but I don’t really see how this EP won’t ultimately satisfy even the most rabid, especially since Avey also mentioned that they are again working with overachieving Merriweather Post Pavilion producer Ben Allen.

In his conversation with Pitchfork, Avey Tare went on to drop some tidbits about the “visual album” Animal Collective has been working on with friend and frequent visual collaborator Danny Perez for the last three years, as well as the news that they will be taking a hiatus from touring for a little while. Oh, and don’t forget about the just-announced “Brother Sport” single with a live version of the aforementioned “Bleed” for a b-side (pre-order that over at Domino Records). Avey also explains their reasons for splitting the single and the material on Fall Be Kind. You can read it all in the complete interview over here.

Look for more regarding Fall Be Kind soon. Until then, enjoy some of the compiled live material down below.

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Download: Animal Collective – Graze (Live in Amsterdam, 2007)

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Download: Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky (BBC Session)

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Download: Animal Collective – Bleed (Live on NPR)

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Download: Animal Collective – On a Highway (BBC Session)
Watch: Finally, check out some footage from the Animal Collective performance in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park back in August. Includes “Graze” and a killer “What Would I Want? Sky / My Girls / Fireworks” medley: