I had a little crisis of conscience a few days back after posting about that Dirty Projectors cover. I decided that it is much better to share music that I like and find interesting with all of you then contribute to more negative shiz on the internet. (I mean, there’s enough of that isn’t there?) So apologies and please know that is what you’ll be seeing from me from this point onwards.
Now about Animal Collective. I am still in the process of learning to genuinely enjoy this band so I am not quite as fanatical as most of their audience tends to be. Even after catching them live at ATP earlier in September, I was still sort of on the fence. But I truly adore Panda Bear and after listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion for the better part of a year, I’m coming around. At dinner the other night, a friend pointed out to me that nearly all their lyrics concern social responsibility and becoming good people, so I think that’s a good starting point from which to listen if you struggle with them as well.
“In the Flowers” is actually quite the love song and if I was forced to make an interpretation, I would say its about the guys missing their wives when they’re on tour. Simple but potent. This particular track has a dark, ominous overtone, which fits perfectly. The dark side of love is being kept from your loved one and missing them; torture in and of itself.
According to Stereogum, the video was directed by Abby Portner (who happens to be Avey Tare’s sis).