My opinion on every single Animal Collective song I have ever listened to has changed drastically as I’ve been able to spend more time with them (usually growing from “yeah I guess this is cool” to “mind blowing”), so while I’m writing this I completely am aware that anything I say now won’t be relevant in a few days. Animal Collective have finally released the first taste of their follow up to 2009’s amazing releases Merriweather Post Pavillion and Fall Be Kind. As expected, Animal Collective sound nothing like they did when we last heard them. Instead, ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Gotham’ seem to borrow from all their past releases with an incredibly colorful and fun sound. ‘Honeycomb’, which has been a live mainstay for Animal Collective for a while, bounces around on Strawberry Jam weirdness with washes of Merriweather’s pure pop bliss while ‘Gotham’ is much more understated with touches of Feels noisiness. The reason I can confidently say Animal Collective are my favorite band is because of how great they are at working across a spectrum of emotions and sounds, something that ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Gotham’ show off incredibly well. Go pre-order the single from Domino and hit the link below for the stream.