Danse Manatee - (2001)
Animal Collective were formed in Baltimore County, MD, by longtime friends and musical collaborators Avey Tare (David Porter), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). The group's penchant for genre-hopping and studio experimentation has drawn comparisons to everyone from the Residents and the Flaming Lips to the Incredible String Band and the Holy Modal Rounders. Danse Manatee (originally titled Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist) explores the fringes and intersecting boundaries of freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and twisting, melodic psychedelia. The album was recorded in many different locations, including Avey's parents house, the house the band shared in Brooklyn Heights, and Geologist's college dorm room and radio station. To create the sounds the group made use of guitar, synths, samples, and did percussion with whatever was lying around. At the time of recording, the band was into extreme frequencies. Their goal was to experiment with intense high and low sounds and how they occupied space in the room and moved around in the listener's head. This created a challenge during the mastering process, as they could not raise the volume of the whole mix without causing the sounds to digitally distort.