I can't say I've ever been a big fan of Animal Collective. I don't know exactly why or what because they make good music and a lot of people like them. Take my sister in law, Keight, super hip gal with great taste and style. She loves them. I just never really got into them, something about vocals that go on and on and on, strange juxtaposition of melodies and rhythms, or me being too old to understand. I assumed it was the latter until now.
Their new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is something I do get. It's pop but you won't hear it on the radio. Always a plus. If you are like me, it's terribly disappointing to discover something you love then hear it 5 minutes on the radio again and again and again.
These guys have spent a long time following their own path. Ever evolving their music capabilities while trying to work in new listeners. Merriweather Post Pavilion, does just that. Any of the songs could be your favorite. So far, I'm stuck on My Girls, but they are all great. The album release is in the near future. January 20th, I think. You can catch them in the U.S through January 24. If you are in NY or LA, I recommend it. Otherwise you'll have to wait till they are back from their Euro tour, unless you are a very fortunate soul.