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Animal Collective
Sung Tongs
Fat Cat

The Fat Cat double-disc reissue job of Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished and Danse Manatee delivered Avey Tare & Panda Bear to the world, tied up in a pretty ribbon bow, a packaged-up package that let them, and friends Geologist and Conrad Deakin, be known hereon out as Animal Collective, a far less confusing handle for those only following along casually at home. The first disc in such a set was actually just a collaboration between the two, but the second roped in Geologist (hence the need to collectivize if delivering both discs as work of singular artist); and, then, by last year's Here Comes the Indian, they were all convening as an ad-hoc quartet under the collective umbrella nomenclature. In between these Animal missives, though, was an on-the-side moment that slipped through cracks it shoulda filled, the duo going back to duo mode under the name Campfire Songs, recording on a porch(!) in acousticky tones that showed their wonky-psych shtick could work in the out-of-doors. Before that, with some irony, it was hard to imagine these Animal-loving folkies as existing anywhere outside some locked-in bedroom billowing with a hazy haze of bong-smoke, such insular environs the only breeding-ground in which they could cultivate their cockeyed Syd Barrettesque fantasias. And, now, the stoked warmth of the Campfire still flickers on this latest entry into their scattershot discography. Sung Tongs is the first primed-for-big-things record for Avey Tare & Panda Bear, returning under the Animal Collective banner, but again recording just as a duo; it already has a readymade audience in wait, and all. And, early on, it finds the duo in strangely pop-like mode, getting all strummy and summery as three of the first four cuts — "Leaf House," "Who Could Win a Rabbit," and "Winters Love" — stir up melody and rhythm and a rhythmic sway they claim was influenced by Tropicalist kings Caetano Veloso and João Gilberto. Whilst there were faux-flamenco-ish strums bust out as part of their Campfire Songs, the last time the pair really got this knee-deep in Brazillification was when they were hanging with Arto Lindsay way back in the day when they were no-name cats with silly names. These songs, on opening, introduce Sung Tongs as being a huge step forward in these Animals' evolutionary progress. As it progresses, the disc doesn't entirely do without the free-form fumblings and hissy haze, "Visiting Friends," notably, meandering through 13 minutes of implied music. But, then, immediately things pick up, the 50-second Wilsonically-harmonized salvo-against-further-education "College" (total lyrics: "You don't have to go to college") leading into the exuberant percussion-thumping "We Tigers," which dances through a jungle book scribbled in cave-painted primitivism. By the time the longplayer finishes playing, you realize, whilst the acoustic guitars and harmonized vocals and that awesome table-tennis-ball-bouncing-beat may've made you think this was some easy-to-love pop platter, it actually hasn't stumbled all the way towards getting-it-together. Still, Avey Tare & Panda Bear go halfway there; and, with listeners only needing to meet them at such a musical halfway, Sung Tongs looks like it could easily be another strange success in outsider-folk's unlikely ascension in popularity.

by Anthony Carew

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