Animal Collective, Transverse Temporal Gyrus

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 05.30.12 in Reviews
A parting gift from their Guggenheim “performance”

It’s probably best to approach this limited Record Store Day LP as a parting gift for anyone who witnessed Animal Collective’s Guggenheim Museum “performance” on March 4, 2010. A co-production with longtime A/V partner Danny Perez (see also: such deliciously demented music videos as “Who Could Win a Rabbit” and “Today’s Supernatural”), Transverse Temporal Gyrus presented abstract sound collages in a “kinetic, psychedelic environment” of “video projections, costumes and props, rendering the band members and performers into intense, visual abstractions.” That’s convoluted art school speak for what was basically a living, breathing art installation – frustrating for some, and further evidence of Animal Collective’s multi-medium brilliance for others. Stripped of its visual spectacle outside of a special websiteit’s not the group’s most rewarding half-hour musically, but hey, it’s better than a bloated gift shop book about postmodern aesthetics and abstract expressionism, right?