If Animal Collective were an upbeat alt-J, they’d be Coast Modern. The Los Angeles duo take the clacking percussion and synth excitement of the former and blend it with the layered textures and ear-worming cadence of the latter. By keeping things tropically light, they end up with their particular – and particularly alluring — take on synthpop.
They first demonstrated this sound on debut single “Hollow Life”, and today return with “Animal”. The sophomore track is as breezy as California air, kept buoyant with understated horns, the jittering of castanets, and nearly constant background “Ooh”ing. It’s sun-drenched music to shine a light on the fallibility of our own identities: “What I thought I knew/ I can’t seem to find/ What I think I need/ I’m wrong every time.”
“Most of the lyrics and production came to us in a big wallop in one afternoon,” the due explained to Pigeons and Planes. “’Animals’ poses questions I think we all ask ourselves about what we’re doing with our lives, and explores the struggle between animal desires and actualization of a higher self. There’s freedom in the fact that no one knows exactly what we’re all doing here, so we can make up the rules as we go along.”
Take a listen below.