Friday, April 8, 2016

Deakin's Sleep Cycle

Deakin, arguably the least respected member of Animal Collective (he sat out on some of AC's most popular albums), has just released Sleep Cycle, probably the best Collective-related offering since 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion, maybe even the best since Feels (2005).

Just Am contains so many different textures and passages, which all manage to flow together without sounding random or haphazard.  There's some freak folk elements, some melodic Beach Boys harmonies, a rippling piano line, and washes of synthesizers, before the whole thing dissolves into a musique concrete noise collage, and it's not even the best song on the album (that would be opener Golden Chords, in my humble opinion).

Freakin' Deakin surprised everybody and just produced a masterpiece.

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