Animal Collective + Airiel + Juan Maclean

Posted by Jakub

Animal CollectiveFirst off, your going to have to excuse the cover choice but it was the best one out of the 4 songs for today. Let’s get right to it, there’s a new Animal Collective record coming out January 13th and from what i’ve read it sounds really promising. I listened to a lot of Animal Collective songs last night just to figure out what i’m attracted to in their songwriting and I noticed all the songs I do want to hear over and over like Leaf House, Grass, #1, Peacebone, Brother Sport and Visiting Friends all have either these driving low tom hits or have repetitive loopy melodies that I don’t mind hearing for minutes upon minutes. What I love about the new songs like “Bluish” and “Brother Sport” are the vocal styles though, like in “Brother Sport” the last 1:30 might be my favorite section of an Animal Collective song.

I found this Airiel song yesterday which i’m kind of on the fence about after I looked at their myspace. On one hand I wonder if this is the real thing meaning do they really love this style of music because their over stylized haircuts and upfront vocals make me think its just to get girls but the thought out catchy elements of the song make me love them, so I guess sometimes its best if I don’t meet the musicians and let myself just enjoy the songs.

I love The Juan Maclean, he doesn’t ever do anything that I dislike, from his remix of Matthew Dear to his classic sounding “Happy House” track to originals that put him on the map like “You Can’t Have It Both Ways”. This new remix for The Twelves has this unstoppable disco guitar and perfectly placed vocals in the mix because they’re never overpowering.

This A Sunny Day in Glasgow group out of Philly reminds me of Ulrich Schnauss at times but its like they only took a section of a song and repeated it unlike a growing shoegaze track. The mix of the song is a little rough too because the bassline that comes in is really nice but never really comes to life and that higher pitched synth note that comes in and out could be more drowned out. The girls vocal definitely has her moments 2 mins in and the overall dreamy effort makes me go back to it.

Animal Collective – Bluish


Airiel – Cinnamon


The Twelves – Be My Crush [The Juan MacLean’s Rio Mix]


A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Watery


15 Comments Leave A Comment


johnsson says:

January 6, 2009 at 9:29 am

hmm Trippy leaves in cosmic space…

thanks for another cool selection of music, really enjoying that juan maclean remix


joshua says:

January 6, 2009 at 9:39 am

OK. Is it just me or is that cover moving? When I don’t look at it directly I can see is “waving” from the corner of my eye! What kind of devil magic is this?!!!

And as always Jakub, wonderful tunes.


Jakub says:

January 6, 2009 at 9:44 am

johnsson & joshua –

Anytime! sadly I can’t explain the devil magic maybe some illusionist will read this blog and explain it to us


CMP says:

January 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

I’m getting a Beach Boys feel from Animal Collective.

Pretty interesting stuff. Thanks for another great selection Jakub.


Treeline says:

January 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Glasgow doesn’t sound like that even in the Sun I’m afraid which is a shame

thanks for the music! I’m really getting to Animal Collective right now, it’s good to here more


Jake G says:

January 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a pretty solid album, been listening to it the past few days. I’ve actually just recently began listening to Animal Collective and so far a big fan of their album “Feels”, “Strawberry Jam” and this new one. I hear the track “Brothersport” is directed at a group member’s little brother named “Matt”, persuading the young one to peruse his abundant artistic talent that he is ignoring.


Rocco says:

January 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm

i’ve had MPP on repeat vinyl and digital since christmas, best complete album from them yet! they keep getting better.


Harley Turan says:

January 7, 2009 at 4:16 am

@Simon Jakobsson
Oh right, didn’t know that.
Anyways, loving the music, as always.


Perry S says:

January 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

I heard the Juan Mac a few days ago, great track…my question is when Tycho is supposed to tour this year and can he please touch base in Detroit at some point?!


Adriana says:

January 10, 2009 at 11:31 pm

I don’t know really how to feel about Airiel either. At first I loved them because I heard the song “Sugar Crystals” featuring Ulrich Schnauss. So I bought the album. I sold it back to the record store few days later. The rest of the tracks were not similar at all. I was very disappointed!