In the ever unfolding wait (which has unsurprisingly devolved into “omg did this leak yet!11!??!) for Animal Collective‘s insanely anticipated Merriweather Post Pavilion, the internet was first (unofficially) graced with a couple two minute snippets of the rich melancholy of “Also Frightened” and “Bluish”, two obvious sources of the early labeling of the album as “electronic Beach Boys”. Very soon after, a more complete, but still slightly truncated rip of epic electro-tribal pop closer “Brothersport” hit after it was included in a low-radar French podcast. Serious drama has followed, culminating in Grizzly Bear getting accused of being a “global leak source” and asked to apologize to Animal Collective and Domino Records by the now-notorious Web Sheriff.
Well, turns out another track has surfaced. This time it’s the glorious “My Girls”, formerly known as “House” and “Material Things”, which has been a personal favorite from the number of live bootlegs I’ve been obsessively listening to over the past couple months. And the album version not only manages to live up to my expectations, which was a monumental task in itself, but handily surpasses them in a haze of surging, layered pop euphoria. Absolutely beautiful. I have no clue how they do it, but after only a few glimpses into their studio work on Merriweather Post Pavilion there’s no question that this will be one of the most amazing albums to hit 2009 and another in a series of great albums from the Collective.
It’s streaming over at icantfly.com for now. Check it.