Animal Collective share new song + video “We Go Back”
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Animal Collective share new song + video “We Go Back”

Animal Collective are set to release their new album Time Skiffs this Friday, and today they share a final preview, the new single “We Go Back” alongside a video created by the director and animator Winston Hacking. "It was a thrill to work with Animal Collective - they trusted our sense of play and commitment to spontaneity which is mirrored in their sound,” says Hacking. “The video is composed of scanned locations, miniature sets and collage cut outs that embrace the low-fi 3d aesthetic inherent in photogrammetry." 


“We Go Back” 

Over and over our song on my brain  

I go back  

We go back and I play it again  

How far we go back is how forward we’ll go  

It’s up to the Pleiades  

And down the marrow  

Trickle of a moment down my life  

History in motion  

Heat for feeling  

Tremble in the moment   

Tongue on cheek  

I don’t feel the urge to turn back time  

I just begin  

Bend to the moment  

Feel no thought  

Listen to the sound of people hoping  

That in the moment there will be bliss  

A cause for the moment to be healing  

And to begin  

Written in a moment   

Read in many  

Here it comes again I’m breathing heavy  

I ripped up a moments worth of love  

In the matter of a moment I conceive   

We just begin  

I stood for a moment and the sun went down  

I got sad for the sun cause I would get lonely  

Leaving a trail of darkness on a world behind  

And always being sun for a world beyond  

That just begins   

Animal Collective’s US tour kicks off next month in Richmond, Virginia and will be followed by a UK and European tour in November. Dates are below and tickets are available HERE. 

Watch Animal Collective perform two unreleased Time Skiffs tracks, “Car Keys” and “Dragon Slayer,” plus Merriweather Post Pavilion favorite “In the Flowers” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 HERE

Time Skiffs, the quartet’s first studio album in more than half a decade, feels like listening in on a conversation among four old friends, just as it felt during their inchoate early days or their Strawberry Jam heyday. These nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder, same as they ever were. There are harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective past 20, still in search of what’s next. 

Animal Collective Tour Dates

UK/EU

9th July - Madrid, ES - Mad Cool Fest

2nd November - Limerick, IE - Dolan's

3rd November - Dublin, IE - National Concert Hall

6th November - Bristol, UK - SWX

7th November - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall

9th November - Glasgow, UK - Saint Luke's

12th November - Tourcoing, FR - Le Grand Mix

15th November - Hamburg, DE - Übel & Gefährlich

16th November - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus

17th November - Prague, CZ - MeetFactory

19th November - Vienna, AT - Arena

20th November - Munich, DE - Freiheiz

21st November - Fribourg, CH - Fri-Son

23rd November - Luxembourg, LU - Atelier

24th November - Paris, FR - Trabendo

27th November - Cologne, DE – Luxor

Animal Collective Time Skiffs

Album | 4th February 2022

Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective's past two decades, still in search of what’s next.

Tracklisting

  • 1Dragon Slayer
  • 2Car Keys
  • 3Prester John
  • 4Strung with Everything
  • 5Walker
  • 6Cherokee
  • 7Passer-by
  • 8We Go Back
  • 9Royal and Desire

Animal Collective Time Skiffs

Album | 4th February 2022

Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective's past two decades, still in search of what’s next.

Tracklisting

  • 1Dragon Slayer
  • 2Car Keys
  • 3Prester John
  • 4Strung with Everything
  • 5Walker
  • 6Cherokee
  • 7Passer-by
  • 8We Go Back
  • 9Royal and Desire
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Live Dates

Tuesday 16th August

Animal Collective
Union Hall, Edmonton, Canada

Wednesday 17th August

Animal Collective
Palace Theatre, Calgary, Canada

Friday 19th August

Animal Collective
The ELM, Billings, US

Saturday 20th August

Animal Collective
Wilma Theatre-MT, Spokane, US

Monday 22nd August

Animal Collective
The Lincoln, Cheyenne, US

Tuesday 23rd August

Animal Collective
Slowdown, Omaha, US

Wednesday 24th August

Animal Collective
Wooly's, Des Moines, US

Wednesday 24th August

Animal Collective
Wooly's, Des Moines, US

Friday 26th August

Animal Collective
Seatgeek Stadium, Chicago, US

Saturday 27th August

Animal Collective
Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, US