Animal Collective successfully teased the Internet this entire summer in the lead-up to Centipede Hz, their highly anticipated followup to 2010’s critically lauded Merriweather Post Pavilion. First, they gave us two new songs, the single “Honeycomb” and its b-side “Gotham,” neither of which made it onto the final tracklist. Then there was the first single “Today’s Supernatural” that debuted on their online radio program, where we learned that they had already performed the track in 2011 at Pitchfork Music Festival. And for the last few weeks, they’ve hosted a weekly radio program with the Creator’s Project. On last night’s show, the band premiered Centipede in its entirety. The premiere itself is something to behold, with videos by filmmaker/Avey Tare sibling Abby Portner for each song, all a cyber-psych montage of cartoons, vintage roadside sights, oddities, and, yes, a human mouth (like the album artwork) singing along to the tracks.
Direct your browsers to Animal Collective Radio to hear it, and be sure to check into Hive next week, when we present in-depth interviews with each member of Animal Collective throughout the week.
Centipede Hz arrives September 4 on Domino.