Domino Records has revealed the details about the new album by Animal Collective, “ Centipede Hz”, due out on 3rd September. On their tenth studio album, Deakin, absent since “ Strawberry Jam” (Domino, 2007), is back with the band. According to the label, the inclusion of a fourth band member allowed them to record their “most widescreen and fully realized music to date.”
The recording sessions started in January 2011 in Baltimore, with the four of them getting together to exchange ideas and jam, instead of doing it via internet. So Panda Bear took his place behind the drum kit, something he hadn't done since “ Here Comes The Indian” (Paw Tracks, 2003), and Geologist picked up his role as keyboardist again. It is said that the album features all the dynamism and energy of their live shows. Part of the inspiration came from “growing up listening to station announcements and commercials on the radio and imagining the afterlife of radio signals from the past, forgotten transmissions that are now lost in space and broadcasting music from other planets for other life forms.” All that is reflected in the songs on “Centipede Hz”, mixing “the white noise of radio interference and buried frequencies overlaid with the band's peerless melodic sensibilities and compositional methods.”
The album can be pre-ordered on the Domino website, on CD, double LP and deluxe double LP. The latter is on 180 grams vinyl with a tip-on embossed gatefold sleeve. All pre-ordered copies will include a bonus DVD with the songs of “Centipede Hz”, 24 bit / 96 khz WAV files, fragments of live recordings from their gig at Prospect Park (Brooklyn) in July, and HD video files.
In other news, the sleeve art for “Centipede Hz” has been modified slightly. Check the final artwork to the right of this article.