It's accessible. It's avant garde. It's Prospect Park. Animal Collective returns!
Since 2000, New York-via-Baltimore's Animal Collective have been releasing a steady stream of experimental pop that straddles the line between the accessible and the avant garde, constantly shattering the conventional borders and self-imposed limitations that befalls so much contemporary music. With 2009's "Merriweather Post Pavillion," which appeared on countless critics' Top 10 lists, the band combined many of its disparate, past elements together—intricate pop structures, complex vocal harmonies and otherworldly noise—to please pop and indie purists in equal measure. Start with the Beach Boys. Add acid. Stir. With Black Dice.