Not The Onion: Animal Collective Is Premiering Their New Album Over BWI Airport PAs

One of the track names is “Floridada,” and it’s possible that the LP will be out on Monday.

Admittedly, this does sound like another instance of Internet pranksters wreaking havoc on the music blogosphere, but all the signs point to it being true: Animal Collective’s tenth album is said to be getting premiered over the speakers at Baltimore Washington International Airport—just a stone’s throw away from the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The group has been hinting at the follow-up to 2012’s Centipede Hz for a while now—at first by confirming that they would be recording again, then by noting that the album was finished, and finally with cryptic Instagram posts this last week saying “TheSilenceWillBeBroken” and “ItsintheAirifyoucanFindit.”


A photo posted by Animal Collective (@anmlcollective) on


ItsintheAirifyoucanFindit A photo posted by Animal Collective (@anmlcollective) on

Well, now we know what they mean by that. Initially broken via astute sleuths on the Animal Collective subreddit, Avey Tare’s cousin Matt Baetz noted on his Instagram page that he was listening to LP10 in a BWI bathroom. Tare replied back to him in his own post saying, “You found us?,” after which Baetz updated his bio to explain, “The album is worth the trek and can be heard best in the bathrooms, some observation areas pre-security, and the big lounge after security.”

Since then, a writer for Brooklyn Vegan who happened to be at the airport Shazamed the music playing, which confirmed it to be registered as Animal Collective, and identified the song name—not the album name, as many outlets are reporting—to be “Floridada.” Tare noted that this was a track name in the comments of his Instagram post.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What better time and place to make an indie field-trip than the airport on the day before Thanksgiving?” If that’s how you feel, the good news is that there’s still time, and the album will reportedly be playing at BWI until 6 p.m.

If for some weird reason you don’t go to airports for fun (or don’t happen to find yourself in the Baltimore area), the good news is that Shazam has attached the music to a date: November 30.

So if you have patience, it seems likely that the album will be dropping outside of bathrooms this upcoming Monday.

(via Consequence of Sound)


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