The release of 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion brought Baltimore's psychedelic indie trailblazers Animal Collective together in perfect harmony. The critically acclaimed album showcased AnCo's trademark occulting sonic snippets while simultaneously unveiling the most approachable moments of its career. "My Girls" and "Summertime Clothes" were not totally art-damaged pop songs; turns out they were -- dare we say? -- teetering on straight-up pop delights.
The new seven-inch single Honeycomb/Gotham featuring two new Animal Collective songs arrives after much anticipation. Where on the musical spectrum are our genre-hopping, sample-crazed auteurs headed?