Recommended by Andrew Gospe
After watching Animal Collective play theater-sized venues for nearly a decade, one could forget how, early on, they basically made really weird folk music. AnCo principal Avey Tare’s latest solo effort, Eucalyptus, picks up that long-abandoned thread. It’s a record of loosely strummed, multi-tracked acoustic guitars, gonzo vocal manipulations, and diffuse, wandering arrangements. Like on Tare’s underappreciated 2010 album, Down There, the mood is somber and the songs are intimate—lonely even, removed from his band’s communal energy. It’s sure to pique the interest of the minority of Animal Collective fans who were into the band before Sung Tongs.