When speaking to The Stool Pigeon recently, Animal Collective member John "Deakin" Dibb spoke about their upcoming ninth studio album Centipede Hz. He revealed that the album will be a lot weirder than anything the band has done before, and much harder to swallow. Here's what Dibb had to say:
I remember saying, “This is going to be harder for people to swallow.” There’s no doubt about it: people are going to react to this. It wasn’t being bummed about it or a critical comment of the music or anything — I’m really stoked and I think the record’s amazing, personally. But there was an instant melodic gratification to Merriweather and I think we intentionally made a record this time that is a lot more … um … [laughs] We took a left turn at weird town. For the most part, every song, in terms of the way the record is laid out and the choices we made sonically, is way more challenging. And that’s been verified by every person I’ve played it for so far. People have said they love the record. Friends of ours have said it took them two or three times to even understand it. Merriweather is not that. From the first note of Merriweather you’re like, “Oh my God, I just wanna dance” or “My heart’s exploding.” This is more like, “This is amazing but I’m confused and I don’t quite know what’s going on and I think I need to listen to it again and maybe I should turn it off."
If you've listened to the band's forthcoming 7" single "Honeycomb" and its b-side "Gotham," then it's clear that AnCo are departing from the melodic nature of Merriweather Post Pavilion. Centipede Hz is out on September 4th via Domino.