The Spinners

♪ Summertime Clothes (Animal Collective, 2009) ♪

In Electronica, Indie American, Indie Pop, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on January 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist are four technically proficient musiclords. Their records attest to that—in fact, that’s the most prominent thing about their sound: the layering, the sweeping use of instruments and foley, the unabashed efforts to experiment and discover new ways to create beautiful music. But in the heart of Merriweather Post Pavilion—undoubtedly their most tremendous album to date—is the exquisite tug of words, particularly in “Summertime Clothes” when the descriptiveness overcomes the technical dexterity, the latter putting up a good fight, of course. There’s a “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” feel in it—the clouds an arm-stretch away, the stars twinkling at their brightest, the constellation like gods of light, forming life-changing shapes and figures—that hypnotizes and transcends the four-and-a-half mundane minutes and turns it into a vast and illuminating spiritual experience.

– Richard Bolisay

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