Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). The band's music is characterized by studio experimentation, vocal harmonies, and an exploration of various genres which include freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia. Records released under the name "Animal Collective" may include contributions from any or all of its members. In the case of Dibb, who often takes breaks from recording and performing with the band, his time off does not constitute full leave.

The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age. Originally a duo comprising Lennox and Portner, the collective was not officially established until all four members came together for the album Here Comes the Indian (2003). Previous collaborations between two or more members were then retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography. In 1999, they established the record label Paw Tracks, issuing what is now considered their debut album, Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (2000), as well as work by other artists. In 2009, the band released their most commercially successful album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which Uncut magazine called: "one of the landmark American albums of the century so far".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Campfire Songs Animal Collective 2
2003 Here Comes the Indian Animal Collective 2
2003 Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished / Danse Manatee Animal Collective 5 1
2004 Sung Tongs Animal Collective 5 5
2005 Feels Animal Collective 4 7
2007 Strawberry Jam Animal Collective 3.5 6
2009 Merriweather Post Pavilion Animal Collective 4.15 7
2012 Centipede Hz Animal Collective 2 6
2016 Painting With Animal Collective 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Hollinndagain Animal Collective 3
2009 Animal Crack Box Animal Collective 1
2015 Live At 9:30 Animal Collective 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Who Could Win a Rabbit Animal Collective 2
2004 Wastered Black Dice / Animal Collective 1
2005 Grass Animal Collective 4
2007 Peacebone Animal Collective 6
2007 Fireworks Animal Collective 1
2009 Summertime Clothes Animal Collective 2
2009 Brother Sport Animal Collective 1
2012 Transverse Temporal Gyrus Animal Collective 1
2012 Honeycomb / Gotham Animal Collective 1
2012 Today's Supernatural Animal Collective 1
2015 New Psycho Actives, Volume 1 Animal Collective 1
2015 FloriDada Animal Collective 2
2016 Gnip Gnop / Hounds of Bairro Animal Collective 1
2016 Gnip Gnop / Hounds of Bairro Animal Collective 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Prospect Hummer Animal Collective 2
2006 People Animal Collective 4
2008 Water Curses Animal Collective 3
2009 Fall Be Kind Animal Collective 4 3

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Spotify Sessions Animal Collective 2

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Monkey Been to Burn Town Animal Collective 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 ODDSAC Animal Collective 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Keep + Animal Collective Animal Collective 1

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