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    Thursday, January 27, 2005

    2. Animal Collective: Sung Tongs

    The New Yorker magazine classified Animal Collective as "folksy experimentalists" -- they're way too weird to stop there though. I picked up Sung Tongs early in the year and I knew that it would fall near the top of my list for the year. I love Here Comes the Indian from 2003 but the two-man Animal Collective really hit their stride on this poppier (?!?) album.

    Listening to Sung Tongs you get the feeling you accidentally stumbled upon a late-night ritual deep in the woods of another world. There's happy chanting, delirious drumming, and bizarre instrumentation. Think Brian Wilson collaborating with woodland elves and you're kinda there. This is not psychedelia. This is not indie rock. This is just weird and beautiful. Buy It.

    Animal Collective "Who Could Win a Rabbit"

    [UPDATE: Crazy minds think alike. Tim posted this same exact song last night. Oh well. Download both so you'll have a matching pair.]