Animal Collective (US experimental band)

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Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland. Its members consist of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Deakin (Josh Dibb). The band's work is characterized by an eclectic exploration of styles, including psychedelia, freak folk, noise, and electronica, with the use of elements such as loops, drones, sampling, vocal harmonies, and sound collage. AllMusic's Fred Thomas suggests that the group "defined the face of independent experimental rock during the 2000s and 2010s."

The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age. 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. The band's 2007 album Strawberry Jam was their first to chart on the Billboard 200. Their 2009 follow-up Merriweather Post Pavilion was the band's most commercially successful album, reaching #13 on the US chart; its reverb-heavy psychedelic pop sound proved highly influential to independent music of the subsequent decade.

Records released under the name "Animal Collective" may include contributions from any or all of its members. Evolving from early collaborations between Lennox and Portner, the collective was not officially established until all four members came together for the album currently titled Ark, which was originally titled Here Comes the Indian (2003). Most prior collaborations between the band members were then retroactively classified under Animal Collective's discography. In the case of Dibb, who often takes breaks from recording and performing with the band, his time off does not constitute full leave.

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2003Here Comes the Indian (now ‘Ark’)Animal Collective57
2004Sung TongsAnimal Collective4.356
2005FeelsAnimal Collective4.18
2007Strawberry JamAnimal Collective4.110
2009Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal Collective4.258
2012Centipede HzAnimal Collective36
2016Painting WithAnimal Collective3.55
2022Time SkiffsAnimal Collective2
2023Isn’t It Now?Animal Collective3

Album + Compilation

2003Spirit They’re Gone Spirit They’ve Vanished / Danse ManateeAnimal Collective3.651
2010Merriweather Post Pavilion / Strawberry JamAnimal Collective1

Album + Soundtrack

2010ODDSACAnimal Collective2
2018Tangerine ReefAnimal Collective53
2021Crestone: Original Motion Picture ScoreAnimal Collective51
2022The Inspection: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackAnimal Collective1

Album + Live

2002HollinndagainAnimal Collective4
2009Animal Crack BoxAnimal Collective1
2015Live at 9:30Animal Collective22
2015Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC - 11/18/2004 - Full PerformanceAnimal Collective1
2016Live at the Ritz April 13, 2016Animal Collective1
2016Live at Fonda Theatre March 9, 2016Animal Collective1
2017Live at College Street Music Hall May 26, 2017Animal Collective1
2018Animal Collective Live at Neumo's - August 22, 2004Animal Collective1
2019Ballet SlippersAnimal Collective2
20202 NightsAnimal Collective1
2021Live at Music Box VillageAnimal Collective1
2021Live at Music Box VillageAnimal Collective1


2004Who Could Win a RabbitAnimal Collective3
2004WasteredBlack Dice / Animal Collective2
2005GrassAnimal Collective6
2007PeaceboneAnimal Collective6
2007FireworksAnimal Collective2
2009Summertime ClothesAnimal Collective2
2009Brother SportAnimal Collective3
2012Transverse Temporal GyrusAnimal Collective2
2012Honeycomb / GothamAnimal Collective3
2012Today's SupernaturalAnimal Collective1
2012ApplesauceAnimal Collective3
2015New Psycho Actives, Volume 1Animal Collective1
2015FloriDadaAnimal Collective2
2016Lying in the GrassAnimal Collective1
2016Golden GalAnimal Collective1
2016Gnip Gnop / Hounds of BairroAnimal Collective1
2016Michael, Remember / Danny's JamAnimal Collective1
2016Mountain GameAnimal Collective1
2017Kinda BonkersAnimal Collective1
2017Jimmy MackAnimal Collective1
2018Hair CutterAnimal Collective1
2018Suspend the TimeAnimal Collective ft. Ami Dang1
2019Ballad of Reverend War CharacterAnimal Collective1
2021Prester JohnAnimal Collective1
2022Cherokee (Dennis Bovell Remix)Animal Collective1
2022Crucible (From the Original Motion Picture “The Inspection”)Animal Collective1
2023Chocolate Girl / Untitled #1Animal Collective1
2023DefeatAnimal Collective1
2023Soul CapturerAnimal Collective2
2023Gem & IAnimal Collective1
2023Isn’t It Now? (Moor Mother Collage)Animal Collective & Moor Mother1


2005Prospect HummerAnimal Collective4
2006PeopleAnimal Collective7
2008Water CursesAnimal Collective3
2009Fall Be KindAnimal Collective43
2011Keep + Animal CollectiveAnimal Collective2
2017The PaintersAnimal Collective3
2020Bridge to QuietAnimal Collective1
2023A Night at Mr. Raindrop's Holistic SupermarketAnimal Collective1

EP + Live

2014Spotify SessionsAnimal Collective2
2017Meeting of the WatersAnimal Collective2

EP + Remix

2013Monkey Been to Burn TownAnimal Collective2

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