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Animal Collective Release 22-Minute New Song “Defeat”, Limited Edition 12-inch Featuring B-side “The Challenge (Live Edit)” due August 25th on Domino

June 27, 2023
Photo credit: Hisham Akira Bharoocha

Animal Collective
Release 22-Minute new song “Defeat

Limited edition 12-inch featuring B-side “The Challenge (Live Edit)” out August 25th on Domino

 Animal Collective release new single “Defeat.” Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Kamasi Washington, The Roots), the 22-minute epic is an unapologetic ode to perseverance and hope, to “staying grounded like the spruce” when the very land seems to shift beneath us. 

“What have we become?” Avey Tare sings in an irrepressible hook, shouting the question in a way that exclaims we might still become something more. The song’s slow-motion finale feels like a fantasia vision of what’s to come—a quieter place where we can thrive together, not apart. This is the beautiful and redemptive saga of the Animal Collective condensed into one unforgettable suite, a song for holding fast even as the world spins ahead, ever faster.
“Defeat” features guest musicians Samara Lubelski (violin), Leila Bordreuil (cello), and Ben Chapoteau-Katz (saxophone).

This new release is one of the most consuming experimental arrangements you’ll embrace. A world of mesmeric textures, harrowing harmonies, and this immense collection of textures. Of which are utilised to form this expressive, volatile atmosphere. “Defeat” feels like a collective piece of dynamic orchestrations flowing from one complex scene to the next.

“Defeat” will be released as a limited edition 12-inch on August 25 and will feature the B-side “The Challenge (Live Edit).” “The Challenge” is a completely improvised track that has only been played in front of a live audience and originated as an unrehearsed intro to the song “Strung With Everything” while the band was on tour last year. The recorded version that appears on the 12-inch was collaged together from 11 different shows between March and September of 2022.
“The only time it was even discussed was after shows late in the touring cycle when it took on its own identity,” says Geologist“‘How did we feel about the Strung intro?’ often provided the answer to ‘how was the show?’ But the discussion always ended at what happened that night, without any detailed critique, and never with how it might happen the next. We became aware the same discussions were happening amongst our fans, who were recording, uploading and listening to the shows each night. They took notice and named the section ‘The Challenge.’ This edit is for them.”

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