Avey Tare of Animal Collective takes on a clown persona in a dune buggy, with severed arms, for the video of "Today's Supernatural" from the new album Centipede Hz. Was someone hitting the peyote out in the desert? The follow-up to Merriweather Post Pavilion has been over two years in the making and promises to be a more high energy affair. The album was produced by Ben Allen.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Avey Tare described Centipede Hz as being "a little bit rawer and more excitable" than Merriweather, and that "the pace and tempos on this one are a lot quicker. We just wanted to do a lot of jammers, and not a lot of ambient, spacey stuff... To us, Merriweather is a terrestrial record, where you're looking up into space or into the sky, contemplating all this stuff. Comparatively, Centipede Hz is up in space, on a spaceship-- but it's a lot more grounded in one location than off dreamily in the clouds."
The band streamed the World Premiere of the album from their web site Sunday night, two weeks before the official release date of Sept. 4th. You can still stream it here. Panda Bear contributed two songs ("Oh Rosie" and "New Town Burnout"), returning member Deakin one song ("Wide-Eyed") and Avey Tare filled out the rest of the album. Animal Collective starts a Fall tour in support of the album beginning Sept. 18th in Seattle.