Baltimore’s finest experimental outfit Animal Collective revealed a shift in their already unusual songwriting style for their anticipated upcoming release, Centipede Hz. In an interview with BBC Radio 1 last night, Brian Weitz claimed that the band “wrote the new record as a rock band in a room,” marking a definitive change from the stylings of their previous 2009 release, the sample-heavy Merriweather Post Pavilion.
After returning to their native Baltimore, the members reunited to write the new record together in the same room, as opposed to sending each other material. Weitz explained: “We went back to our roots and we got a little practice space in this barn on Josh’s (Dibb) mum’s property and it was like being a garage band again.”
Due to drop in September via Domino Records, Centipede Hz is the band’s tenth studio release.
Stunned with the reception and critical acclaim of Merriweather, Weitz said “the reaction to Merriweather Post Pavilion wasn’t out of hand, but as the shows and festivals got bigger and we got media attention, that was something we’ll have to come to grips with. I don’t know we’d be comfortable getting any bigger than that. It wasn’t a burden though.”
On June 26th, Animal Collective will preview Centipede Hz by releasing a two-track single, available both digitally and on a beautiful 7″ vinyl. It’s unsure whether the two tracks, entitled “Gotham” and “Honeycomb,” will appear on Centipede Hz. Regardless, you check them out both below.