LISTEN: “Autumn Rites” Is Animal Collective’s Salute to Fall
It’s twenty-one minutes long, which is about the length of actual fall these days.
AnCo are nothing if not seasonally attuned. Following up “Summer Blaze,” the twenty-five-minute A-Side to their New Psycho Actives Vol. 2 back in August, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare and Geologist have released a twenty-one-minute B-side suitably titled “Autumn Rites.”
There are some uncanny noises interspersed throughout this one: birds cheeping, the sound of schoolchildren playing, a creepy voice possibly pulled from a horror film that’s telling someone “you look good enough to eat.” Ya know, normal autumn stuff.
These tunes come on the heels of New Psycho Actives Vol. 1 in 2015, which included Avey Tare’s “Tape Player Chants for Winter” and Geologist’s “Stretching Songs for Spring.” Clearly these guys associate music with changing seasons. No word on how they’re gonna handle climate change.