Animal Collective - Feels

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Feels has leaked. It's much more focused, but...

Why I find Animal Collective so exciting: Grass. It's fast, exciting, alive.
Why I find Animal Collective so irritating: Bees. It's sloooow and long and booooring.

pinder (pinder), Friday, 12 August 2005 02:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"grass" is the only one I like. It's fantastic though.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Friday, 12 August 2005 02:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

banshee beat is the best song they've written.

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 12 August 2005 03:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeesh. i can't imagine thinking the slower songs on Feels are "sloooow and long and booooring". especially when compared to, say, Campfire Songs, and even then the slow long boringness of the songs are completely to their credit.

lemin (lemin), Friday, 12 August 2005 03:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Only heard it once, standouts: "Grass", "The Purple Bottle" and "Banshee Beat". Esp. the last two are really tapping straight into my melancholy lobe.

willem (willem), Friday, 12 August 2005 06:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Loch Ravin is pretty great ... it's got that awesome "Footprints In Snow" ringing sound in the background - anyone know of any other songs that use that?

lemin (lemin), Friday, 12 August 2005 06:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I can't find this on slsk :-(

dog latin (dog latin), Friday, 12 August 2005 10:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

not even if you search the ILM-room?

willem (willem), Friday, 12 August 2005 10:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think slsk is broken on my pc cos i can only see like, four people in the ilm room.

dog latin (dog latin), Friday, 12 August 2005 11:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

upgrade, maybe?

willem (willem), Friday, 12 August 2005 11:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i love the first track as well. gorgeous melodies

rizzx (Rizz), Friday, 12 August 2005 11:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The first half is bonkerz!

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Friday, 12 August 2005 11:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Feels is absolutely great, can't.stop.listening. I especially like how it's really supposed to be a vinyl-album: the fast-paced bizarropsych on 'side a', the slow-paced dreamy songs are on 'side b'. Esp. Purple Bottle, Bees and Banshee Beat are SO fine.

Gerard (Gerard), Friday, 12 August 2005 11:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

doglatin yr using the 'new' server, 1.57. hardly anyone's switched over yet. you need to dl 1.56.

a, Friday, 12 August 2005 12:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

how do you get to the ilm room on soulseek?

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Friday, 12 August 2005 12:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

right-click on the rooms list and press "Refresh" - it should be on there and it's simply

dog latin (dog latin), Friday, 12 August 2005 12:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

...called "ILM".

dog latin (dog latin), Friday, 12 August 2005 12:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks! In there now.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Friday, 12 August 2005 12:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"banshee beat" is really fucking great.

jermaine (jnoble), Saturday, 13 August 2005 10:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The 1st track is my favourite too. But I like the whole album.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Saturday, 13 August 2005 11:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this album is much better than sung tongs, and that says alot since sung tongs was an amazing album!

Lovelace (Lovelace), Saturday, 13 August 2005 11:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

OK, Animal Collective! You've blown my mind again! Thanks.

marybeth, Saturday, 13 August 2005 17:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i must say, i miss the acoustic guitars. they were one of my fav acoustic guitar acts. still, i like how theyve evolved into more of a conventional rock band but still they're NOT a conventional rock band at all.

Fetchboy (Felcher), Saturday, 13 August 2005 17:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the first song sonds like a wussy arcade fire fronted by Tom Barman of dEUS. I mean this in the best way possible.

Simon H. (Simon H.), Saturday, 13 August 2005 20:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

After seeing them perform this several times on tour, this is about what I expected it to sound like....its lacking the transcendent melodies of, say, "Leaf House" or "Winter's Love"...still, another positive evolution..but its no Sung Tongs

Space Is the Place (Space Is the Place), Sunday, 14 August 2005 12:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the first song sonds like a wussy arcade fire fronted by Tom Barman of dEUS. I mean this in the best way possible.

fuck, this album's been sat in my "to listen to at some point possibly" pile for over a month, but that makes me want to stick it on RIGHT NOW!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 14 August 2005 13:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's pretty good. I don't like any of the songs as much as "Essplode," "Penny Dreadfuls," or "Who Could Win A Rabbit," but I appreciate the consistency of quality. There's a couple duds maybe but it's mostly good stuff.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Sunday, 14 August 2005 13:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'rabbit' is my least favourite AC thing ever. including all their utra-noodly boring quasi-ambient nothingness.

jermaine (jnoble), Sunday, 14 August 2005 13:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i think this is easily the best thing they've done since spirit (discounting the panda bear lp) (and i liked/loved a lot of the stuff inbetween) (though i did not like sung tongs).

strng hlkngtn, Sunday, 14 August 2005 16:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love it all. Spirit to Sung Tongs. They're all brilliant. Genius even.
I'll drink from the Purple Bottle any day any time. I just hope they keep on making music until I move on into the next world.

marybeth, Monday, 15 August 2005 03:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They were never an "acoustic act", ever. They recorded a few things that were acoustic. They started out like this, it's not new.

Amazing album, by the way.

seahorse genius (seahorse genius), Monday, 15 August 2005 04:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you know what? you can even dance to this shit, shit. that's huge

rizzx (Rizz), Monday, 15 August 2005 08:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's true though, this record does bring them full circle to Spirit They're Gone, which I suspect will always be my favorite Animal Collective record.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Monday, 15 August 2005 10:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"They were never an "acoustic act", ever. They recorded a few things that were acoustic. They started out like this, it's not new."

i wasn't trying to pigeonhole them, im just saying their acoustic guitars have always sounded fantastic. Campfire Songs is still my favorite AC album and a big part of the reason why i loved Sung Tongs so much is that the crisp acoustic guitars made the album feel so autumnal.

Fetchboy (Felcher), Monday, 15 August 2005 14:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I just got "Turning Into Something" via the YSI link, loved it, realized I saw them play it a couple months ago, and now crave to hear "Banshee Beat" and the rest of the album WITH A PAIN.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 15 August 2005 18:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

All this talk has me very very excited about Feels.....the best moment of Sung Tongs were as good as you can get.

PB, Monday, 15 August 2005 18:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

this album is gorgeous. PB and Nick, you wont be dissapointed.

jmeister (jmeister), Monday, 15 August 2005 18:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Can anybody post a track list?

Max Gulker, Monday, 15 August 2005 19:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Did You See The Words
Grass
Flesh Canoe
The Purple Bottle
Bees
Banshee Beat
Daffy Duck
Loch Raven
Turn Into Something

Fetchboy (Felcher), Monday, 15 August 2005 19:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

:-) this is great. 'Grass' is gorgeously giddy.

stevo (stevo), Monday, 15 August 2005 20:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i am quite amazed with AC. they never get old

red_bird, Monday, 15 August 2005 21:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just downloaded and listening.

First track is absolutely gorgeous.

PB, Tuesday, 16 August 2005 01:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

wait till the second.

acidmouth (acidmouth), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 01:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The album is great, but I think I prefer the way they perform these songs live. Same with Sung Tongs (with the exception of "Winters Love.")

Also, where is Sleeper Factory?

Dr. Glen Y. Abreu (dr g), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 01:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(by the way, how does one search for files and dowload them within the ILM room on soulseek?)

PB, Tuesday, 16 August 2005 02:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

PB,
right click and the option will appear in a sub-menu

jmeister (jmeister), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 04:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

pastoral and gorgeous... until they start singing like ween.

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 04:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Beautiful, everything about it. The fast songs are delirious, the slow songs are gorgeous. "Banshee Beat" alone exceeds any expectations I had.

I never liked their early stuff before Sung Tongs, and I didn't think they could top that one. But goddamn, this is a remarkable record. Really blowing me out of the water at the moment.

PB, Friday, 19 August 2005 05:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

sleeper factory is on campfire songs, dude.

b8a, Friday, 19 August 2005 12:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

no maybe sung tongs is the beginning of the end. it is unclear.

I know, right?, Monday, 17 March 2008 03:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

but then sung tongs has mouth wooed her which is in many ways a whole new beginning for everything and also leaf house which is an ideal denouement for a lot of other things which do not get included in the everything upbrella group

I know, right?, Monday, 17 March 2008 04:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah of all bands you'd think would be shit live, AC really do deliver dont they? i dont really like strawberry jam but i caught them in portland for their strawberry jam tour and fuck me if it wasnt one of the best rock shows i think ive ever seen, seizure-inducing light show notwithstanding

uptown churl, Monday, 17 March 2008 06:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

The beginning of the end.

-- I know, right?, Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:55 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

no maybe sung tongs is the beginning of the end. it is unclear.

-- I know, right?, Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:55 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

The end is the beginning is the end.

(Seriously though, all albums great, and Feels ranks high among 'em.)

stephen, Tuesday, 18 March 2008 01:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

ooooooooooo oooooooooooo ooooooooooo you should turn into something

markers, Monday, 13 June 2011 15:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

\(^o^)/

markers, Monday, 13 June 2011 15:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^^^^

Bus to Yoker (dog latin), Monday, 13 June 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

i was going to mention in the other thread how much i like the lyrics to turn into something

mizzell, Monday, 13 June 2011 15:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

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Oh twisted me I came to eat at the hall where we danced to some duds
My crowd of pals observed my fingers and prayed for the lunch I had hung
And cheers rolled out and I thought early of tunas in tennisons tubs.

That should turn into something
You should turn into something

Oh blissful bleed I came out peaking and leaked out like a wet clown
My tears rolled down and arms went round at night I gapped at her gowns
So often green but she held me my curtains were covered in hounds

She Said

Mom "Oh my sweet goodness wish you could be here every time"
Mom " But don't miss me goodness because I rub away every time"
Baby "Then groan at the goodness but do you mean not every time?"
Baby "Then gone in the goodness wish I could stay here every time"

A mistful meet with teachers speaking there muffled by buzzes and hums
So headphone tones do float me home my chair was begging to come
And I'm not bummed some works not fun then we crawl in the carpet like bugs

Unrestful eve i sipped on leaks and sat in the room had a grudge
The jumping dust made catfish bust from corners now dripping with mud
And she knocked twice and we got silly and noone knew what would come..

She said

Lover "Oh my sweet goodness wish you could be here every time"
Lover "But don't miss me goodness because I rub away every time"
Other lover "Then groan at the goodness but do you mean not every time"
Other lover "Then gone in the goodness wish I could stay here every time"

But you'll turn into something
You should turn into something

mizzell, Monday, 13 June 2011 15:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Still my favourite album of the oughts. :D

EDB, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

still one of the most profoundly & ineffably beautiful/moving albums i've ever heard. sort of cant believe it's 9 years this month since i first heard it.

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Sunday, 3 August 2014 02:27 (three years ago) Permalink

i remember early in high school someone told me about this album and i would look at it in the itunes store and play samples from each of the tracks (didn't have enough $ to buy it). the sample of "Grass" was so appealing to me but I was confused by the screaming. anyway, the album seemed like a window into a whole world of cool music i didn't understand but wanted to be acquainted with.

Treeship, Sunday, 3 August 2014 02:33 (three years ago) Permalink

i was 12, in the thick of becoming really, really obsessed with music. i remember lots of people on other boards talking about it, and I got the leak on OiNK (RIP). i must've already heard grass and liked it. i dont remember listening to the first three songs for the first time, but the moment The Purple Bottle started is etched in my mind. that hannah barberra technicolor sound of the galloping drums, a stunning visual - the heartbeat, the big big beat. still one of my favorite love songs ever. "crush high"

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Sunday, 3 August 2014 03:18 (three years ago) Permalink

i told someone that the purple bottle was my favorite anco song once and he sneered and said that was their "poppiest" song.

Treeship, Sunday, 3 August 2014 03:24 (three years ago) Permalink

all the jam band fans they gained around the turn of the decade are so annoying - especially, and I'm not speaking about you, the use of the acronym "AnCo," which was created by Carles/Hipster Runoff as a joke. But it took off even though it's another dumb acronym in the baby voice style of HR - i.e. vampy weeks. but ppl use AnCo sincerely. what also bugs me is that they already had an acronym - the AC! - which is way cooler anyway. end rant

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Sunday, 3 August 2014 03:30 (three years ago) Permalink

u guys r young. back in my day collected animals were all fields. but i was young then too and being an animal collective fan was quite exciting. the speed at which they were moving through so many great ideas. i saw them do feels songs live even before sung tongs came out! that was good.

Merdeyeux, Sunday, 3 August 2014 16:58 (three years ago) Permalink

vampy weeks! how come i didn't know about that, that is awesome.

i always write anco. and i don't really feel feels. strawberry jam and here comes the indian are my jams.

Frederik B, Sunday, 3 August 2014 19:04 (three years ago) Permalink

always heard 'AnCo' used pejoratively by detractors for some reason. They did gain a pretty hideous following and perhaps deserved backlash not long after this album, but up until Strawberry Jam I think they were one of the best and most imaginative bands coming out of the US indie/alt scene.

3kDk (dog latin), Monday, 4 August 2014 09:20 (three years ago) Permalink

still are

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Monday, 4 August 2014 10:16 (three years ago) Permalink

after merriweather, the frats at my college started playing animal collective sometimes. i remember vaguely thinking this should upset me but then realizing i didn't care at all.

Treeship, Monday, 4 August 2014 11:15 (three years ago) Permalink

i don't really get why people would blame bands for the fans that happen to be drawn to them. especially a band like this, which pretty clearly always did their own thing and let their music develop organically rather than chase any sort of fanbase.

Treeship, Monday, 4 August 2014 11:20 (three years ago) Permalink

OTM. A lot of anti=Animal Collective sentiment on ILM seemed to revolve around the 'kind' of band they are and what sort of people they allegedly attracted. Very rarely did it feel as though those slagging them off had even bothered to listen to more than 10 seconds of their music.

3kDk (dog latin), Monday, 4 August 2014 11:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I listened to "The Purple Bottle" yesterday for the first time in a long time and I couldn't believe that I used to like it so much, it seems so silly and childish now. OTOH, the song is about exactly that -- reminiscing about being silly and childish -- so perhaps I should shut up and learn to love it again ...

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 4 August 2014 11:43 (three years ago) Permalink

must admit i haven't listened to Feels for a long time either and I fear my tolerance for tweeful sentimentality might have dwindled since I was 25. lots of music sounds dated 10 years after the fact I guess.

3kDk (dog latin), Monday, 4 August 2014 11:54 (three years ago) Permalink

feels was a dissapointment for me when it came out. i had seen them play these songs a bunch of times and they had this weird, backwoods hillbilly psychedelic sound that didn't translate to the album. turn into something was called country fuck and featured a duck call solo! haven't loved an AC album since sung tongs, but I like seeing them live.

mizzell, Monday, 4 August 2014 12:21 (three years ago) Permalink

OTM. A lot of anti=Animal Collective sentiment on ILM seemed to revolve around the 'kind' of band they are and what sort of people they allegedly attracted. Very rarely did it feel as though those slagging them off had even bothered to listen to more than 10 seconds of their music.

― 3kDk (dog latin), Monday, August 4, 2014 11:42 AM (46 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I thought the anti sentiment mostly revolved around the vocals? I'm super into AC but it's a difficult complaint to counter.

Tim F, Monday, 4 August 2014 12:30 (three years ago) Permalink

are the vocals particularly difficult? noah's got an excellent voice. i guess Avey gets a bit shrieky sometimes... never saw it as a problem myself but then i generally like weird-arsed vox

3kDk (dog latin), Monday, 4 August 2014 12:35 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

mystifies me that anyone could've heard this heard this after sung tongs and thought "ah, right, they're a proper rock band now." i swear i hear something new every time i listen to Feels and it's been 11 years. SJ is another story. that record has no sonic depth. but just now i put on 'Banshee Beat' and 'Loch Raven' is just ending now, and I'm hearing new Noah vocals I never heard before. half the songs don't even have drums.

flappy bird, Friday, 19 August 2016 03:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Saw them live like four times before this album came out, still find the studio version of "Banshee Beat" disappointing in comparison.

spastic heritage, Friday, 19 August 2016 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I understand, the same thing happened with me and the Strawberry Jam songs. saw them five months after feels came out, and they mostly played SJ songs - it was incredible, the sour, darker, twisted side of the gauzy, lovey-dovey thing going on in Feels. i discovered the AC when Feels leaked, eleven years ago this month. the live versions from 04/05 are much heavier and noisier. the record is so sedated, i can imagine it was a surprise and a drag.

flappy bird, Friday, 19 August 2016 03:59 (one year ago) Permalink

but i was gonna say - this is my favorite mixing job on an album ever. the go-to example of what mixing is and why it's so important. according to kria brekkan there was lots of hash involved. well, YEP! sounds like it. whatever it takes...

flappy bird, Friday, 19 August 2016 03:59 (one year ago) Permalink

it's weird to think that this came out when "feels" was only a verb and wasn't a plural noun yet

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 19 August 2016 04:00 (one year ago) Permalink

i wonder if they would have called this record "feels" if they knew it would sound like it was named after some cutesy twee reddit bullshit in a couple of years

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 19 August 2016 04:03 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah i think about that every time i hear the phrase now. it hasn't been that long since 'feels' entered the lexicon, maybe 3/4 years? it's a drag

flappy bird, Friday, 19 August 2016 04:04 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't know what's more upsetting... the phrase 'feels' fiasco or the widespread adoption of 'AnCo'

flappy bird, Friday, 19 August 2016 04:05 (one year ago) Permalink

This is the second and last AC album I've put on a year end top 10 list.

They should take a year or two off, listen through and rate the various live recordings, and kick of a "Dick's Picks" sorta bootleg series. I'd be willing to buy one or two.

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 19 August 2016 20:52 (one year ago) Permalink


i wonder if they would have called this record "feels" if they knew it would sound like it was named after some cutesy twee reddit bullshit in a couple of years

the working title of SJ was strawberry awesomesauce

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 August 2016 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I've never gotten into Feels. I think the sequencing bothers me, it's way too normal with the hits at the start and a more shapeless second half. One of the best things with AnCo is their sense of dynamics, so important when working with loops and drones, but Daffy Duck and Loch Raven is simply too much filler with Turn Into Something way too obvious as an ender. Had the album been better constructed, the same songs but put together differently, it might be one of my favorites. As it is, I much prefer Strawberry Jam, for instance.

Frederik B, Friday, 19 August 2016 22:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Just listened to this at work for the first time in maybe 10 years. Don't like it. I think if I liked indie rock in the slightest, it would make more sense, but it just isn't very interesting, and when Avey Tare sings (ie most of the record), I actively dislike. Record could work as decent ambient music if there were no vocals at all, or only the backing vocals, as the instrumental tracks and general vibe can be pretty. Otherwise, cannot participate.

listening to Strawberry Jam now as part of same exercise, and to give you an idea of AC that I would listen to, it would be closer to something like "#1"

Dominique, Friday, 19 August 2016 22:33 (one year ago) Permalink

incidentally the 'feels' name was (maybe, kind of?) a plural noun, borrowing from brian wilson:

I go to the piano and play “feels.” “Feels” are specific rhythm patterns, fragments of ideas. Once they’re out of my head and into the open air, I can see them and touch them firmly. Then the song starts to blossom and become a real thing.

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 20 August 2016 01:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Nice find! Good shot thats the genesis of the name given Panda Bear's affinity for B Dubs

Treeship, Saturday, 20 August 2016 01:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Im daft but is this album the genesis of 'feels' as a noun?

Drugs A. Money, Saturday, 20 August 2016 03:43 (one year ago) Permalink

99% certain it's not. People who say stuff like "all the feels" don't strike me as pre-merriweather anco fans

Treeship, Saturday, 20 August 2016 03:52 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

still never heard a song that sounds anything like 'daffy duck'

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 07:42 (four months ago) Permalink

Vastly prefer my memory of hearing these songs live to the actual album. The studio version of “Banshee Beat” is especially subdued compared to the live version.

spastic heritage, Friday, 2 February 2018 22:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Saw them live like four times before this album came out, still find the studio version of "Banshee Beat" disappointing in comparison.

― spastic heritage, Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:53 PM (one year ago)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:46 (four months ago) Permalink

that has happened to me... so many times

flappy bird, Saturday, 3 February 2018 04:04 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I should’ve scrolled up a tad. 🤷‍♂️

spastic heritage, Saturday, 3 February 2018 05:17 (four months ago) Permalink

no i like it. it's humbled me many times before

flappy bird, Saturday, 3 February 2018 05:47 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

re: banshee beat live vs. studio, listening to 11/11/04 toronto tonite & imagining banshee beat recorded like this... it'd sound like arcade fire

flappy bird, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:43 (three months ago) Permalink


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