Animal Collective, Sung Tongs

Amanda Petrusich

By Amanda Petrusich

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Sung Tongs

The Animal Collective
Inventive neo-hippies blow your mind and clean out your pores.

Fronted by Brooklyn's Avey Tare and Panda Bear, Animal Collective meld weird forest sounds (check both real and man-made meows), twittering percussion and jangly acoustic strums into a chirping, trippy slab of post-'60s counterculture, unlike most anything you've ever heard. From opener "Leaf House," sounds of varying origin dart in from every direction, and Sung Tongs quickly becomes all-encompassing, seeping into every pore of your body. Avey Tare and Panda Bear sing the way we all do when no one else is around, vocal chords free and haphazard, flapping happily, in a way that's oddly liberating.