Turn Back Tuesday
Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight a track that was released before the advent of Tumblr. Each track is chosen both for its influence and worthiness for additional exposure.
Animal Collective - Doggy
Every album that an artist releases should, from a critical standpoint, be a step forward from their previous work. It does not need to be earth-shattering, but successful artists have the ability to reinvent themselves with every record, all while distinctly sounding like themselves. When put into words, it sound nearly impossible: how do you change while staying the same? The dreaded “sophomore slump” has claimed many talented bands who couldn’t come up with an answer to this question.
While Animal Collective have been one of the biggest bands of the last decade, none of their albums even come remotely close to sounding like one another. The unique tuning of Feels would be out of place in the electronic wonderland of Merriweather Post Pavilion; the aggressive Strawberry Jam would not fit in on the jam session that was Sung Tongs. Campfire Songs is possibly Animal Collective’s most obscure proper record; it disappeared for 5 years as the band was hitting their stride. There are still treasures to be had, however; “Doggy” is some of the most relaxing sounds Animal Collective has put to record, and should be considered an essential part of their back catalog. Take a listen to “Doggy” here and as always, enjoy.