Animal Collective Scored a Documentary About SoundCloud Rappers, Weed, and “the End of the World”

Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s Crestone is out on PVOD February 16, with Domino releasing the score February 19.

Animal Collective technically made their cinematic debut in 2010 with their psychedelic ODDSAC film, while 2018 saw the release of their “audiovisual album” Tangerine Reef alongside Coral Morphologic. Their first official film score, though, will arrive this February with their musical contribution to the documentary Crestone—Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s film about SoundCloud rappers growing weed in the titular Colorado desert. 

“Living in the Sonoran Desert in the early ’00s had a long-lasting and profound effect on me, especially after multiple years in New York City,” the band’s Brian Weitz—a.k.a. Geologist—shared in a press statement. “Since then I’ve had a vague idea for a sound that would reflect that experience, but no project ever led me to it. The images, sounds, stories, and structures created and documented in Crestone finally did.”

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“I met Marnie when I lived in New Orleans for a brief time in 2015 and we quickly became friends,” added Deakin, born Josh Dibb. “When she approached me about scoring Crestone I was really excited about it. It felt really natural to ask Brian to team up on this project since we had already been collaborating on a handful of things as a duo in the previous year or so.”

Watch the dramatic trailer below, which, according to the filmmaker’s voiceover, chronicles the end of the world.


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