Animal Collective Release New Single “Gem & I” – New Album “Isn’t It Now?” out September 29th on Domino & Announce Global Album Listening Parties

September 16, 2023
Photo credit: Hisham Akira Bharoocha

Animal Collective
Release new single “Gem & I”
New album Isn’t It Now? out September 29th on Domino

Global Listening Parties in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Burlington, Berlin, Paris & London announced
Includes ‘In Conversation & Signing’ at London’s Rough Trade East on release day

Animal Collective release new single “Gem & I,” a track the band first began playing live in 2019. “Gem & I” is the final preview of their new album Isn’t It Now? before its release on September 29th on Domino.

That fierce Animal Collective energy oozes from this angular creation, built upon this glossy hook and mesmeric pulsation. Mighty loops and this punchy, jaunty lead-rhythm lead the way for this addictive composition where the vocal notes glide over the instrumentation and keep the audience fixated on this bouncy arrangement.

Isn’t It Now? features the previously released single “Soul Capturer and the 22-minute epic “Defeat,” as well as “King’s Walk,” a track the band has been playing live for the last few years, including at their 2022 NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert.

Isn’t it Now? is available for pre-order on Mart edition 2xLP orchid vinyl, indie edition 2xLP tangerine vinyl, standard 2xLP, CD and digitally. Dom Mart | Digital.

Avey Tare is currently on a solo tour, with Geologist opening select dates; Panda Bear will be performing at Austin’s Levitation Festival with Sonic Boom in October. Tickets and all dates are below.   

Today the band also announces a series of release week global album listening parties in the US, UK and Europe. This includes an ‘In Conversation & Signing’ on release day at London’s Rough Trade East. Dates are below and details are available here.

In the summer of 2019, Animal Collective rendezvoused in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., renting a cabin in that bucolic countryside southwest of Nashville. During that literal monthlong residency, they realized they actually had at least two records—20 songs or so they all liked, that felt like unexpected avenues into different corners of their universe. Before they could decide what to do with that motivating mass of music, though, the world decided for them, as it did for most everyone during these last four years. They commandeered the nine they knew they could record remotely to a click track, passing file overseas and up and down coasts. In that fashion, they built 2022’s Time Skiffs, a record that felt like a wondrous exhalation at the end of a spell of dizzying exhaustion.

But they held fast to the rest, waiting for the time when the world opened up and they could sequester themselves in the studio with the producer they’d long admired: Russell Elevado. Maybe that name comes as a surprise. During the last 30 years, Elevado has become a legendary figure at the nexus of hip-hop, soul, and jazz, the engineer and producer who has infused albums by D’Angelo, The Roots, and Kamasi Washington with so much warmth. He is also a steadfast analog champion, using his mastery of past gear to make modern landmarks that sound like little else. Animal Collective long wondered how they might work within his orbit. During two weeks at New York’s The Bunker in late 2021 between holidays, they found out withIsn’t It Now?, a brilliant aberration that reaffirms what’s made Animal Collective so special for so long.

At 64 minutes, Isn’t It Now? is the longest Animal Collective album ever, nearly a third of its runtime going to the entrancing and eruptive ode to hopeful perseverance, “Defeat.” But it feels somehow succinct, like a true-to-life slipstream of anxiety and beauty, nostalgia and progress, sadness and hope that welcomes you in and ushers you out with a single slow breath. They finished it in just 12 days using at most 24 channels, dual testaments not only to the fact that they’d taken these songs on the Time Skiffs tour but also that they were relaxed and engaged, motivated by being in a room together again. Their rapport with Elevado was instant and easy, too, as they navigated from their very different experiences toward mutually new realms. Isn’t It Now? is as communal and supportive as Animal Collective has ever felt, and they happen to be supplying that spirit of kinship to some of the best songs they’ve ever written. These nine pieces are triumphs of attitude and execution, end to end.

Avey Tare solo tour dates
Sept 19 Toronto, ON – Underground*
Sept 21 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB !
Sept 23 Accord, NY – Woodsist Festival
Sept 26 Columbus, OH – Otherworld+
Sept 27 Nashville, TN – The End+
Sept 29 Dallas, TX – Andy’s Bar+
Sept 30 Austin, TX – Parish+
Oct 1 Houston, TX – WOMH Upstairs+
Oct 3 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa+
Oct 5 Tampa, FL – New World Brewery+
Oct 6 Miami, FL – Gramps+
Oct 8 Orlando, FL – The Social+
* with Katie McBride
! with Liliane Chlela
+ with Geologist

Panda Bear & Sonic Boom dates

Oct 6 Curtocircuito Film Festival, Santiago de Compostela – Spain
Oct 7 Agora, Leiria – Portugal
Oct 27 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
Nov 24 Keroxen, Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Spain
Dec 13 Handelsbeurs, Ghent – Belgium
Dec 14 Heaven, London – England
Dec 16 Gaité Lyrique, Paris – France


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