NEW SINGLE : Animal Collective release new single & video “Strung With Everything” + announce UK tour

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Animal Collective

Release new single + video “Strung with Everything”

Announce November UK + Europe tour dates

New album Time Skiffs out February 4th on Domino

Today Animal Collective share their latest single “Strung with Everything” via a video directed by Abby Portner“Recently for Animal Collective’s live shows I have been designing and animating all of the video content out of cut paper,” says Portner. “I have been editing together symbols and colored static silhouettes that match the music’s feeling and rhythm. The videos are like pictographs that tell a story organically and simply. For the “Strung with Everything” video we wanted to continue with this process to match the style of the band’s live shows in a music video.” Animal Collective’s new album Time Skiffs, which also features the previously released tracks “Prester John” and “Walker,” is due out February 4

Today the band announces a UK and European tour set for November of this year, following their spring US tour. They will also perform at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival on July 9. The UK/EU dates will be available for pre-sale this Thursday, January 20 and on general sale this Friday, January 21. All dates are below. 

Watch Animal Collective perform two unreleased Time Skiffs tracks, “Car Keys” and “Dragon Slayer,” plus Merriweather Post Pavilion favorite “In the Flowers” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 HERE

The band also recently released a recording of a site-specific performance taken from the Music Box Village in New Orleans in March 2018. The Music Box Village is created and built by New Orleans Airlift, an artist-driven non-profit organization, as one of a range of large-scale community art projects. Proceeds from this release on Bandcamp are going to the three additional musicians involved in the concert – Helen Gillet, Aurora Nealand, and Marion Tortorich. Watch the performance on YouTube and purchase the audio on Bandcamp.  

“Strung with Everything”

Don’t peak it won’t last that long

or rarely

It’s really new everyday

You need that click and they wrote it wrong


Our terrarium moaned


No sleeping in

There’s a natural clicking

That can be heard in the kinks

You need to forget the trouble maker

Dislike the silicone heads


Fresh sneakers in Babylon get dirty

But we’re digging that way

I cut my pace no more racing urges

How many days do we have?

I like some pressure and it likes pleasing

Some find their way in a hearse

The summer’s here and the time is crying

It spent all year in your head


I’ve got this world (I think)

I build a thing and it does

I do believe there’s a conscious in things

Don’t believe in the time

Just the inside of you

Feel it all collapse

I think that things will fall apart

The grass will find its shape again


The sun’s no better off lately

The sun’s no better off now


They’ll move west when the winter’s biting

Build hotels for their thirst

They’ll move east when the desert’s drying

I moved in

You checked out


We’ve got this heart

It speaks out a thing and we feel

The air sinks in

There’s a mist on the sea

There’s a clearing for rest

There’s a piece of glass

It went into your foot

The fire and bleeds and soaks us out

The grass can’t find the green again


The sun’s no better off lately

The sun’s no better off now


Let’s say tonight you and me

We’ll watch the sky fall into pieces

And for a moment imagine strings

Holding the trees from falling down

You know I would not be afraid

With your head against my shoulder

And even though all hearts are strange

We’re all Strung with Everything

Time Skiffs, the quartet’s first studio album in more than half a decade, feels like listening in on a conversation among four old friends, just as it felt during their inchoate early days or their Strawberry Jam heyday. These nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder, same as they ever were. There are harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective past 20, still in search of what’s next. 

Animal Collective Tour Dates



9th July – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Fest

2nd November – Limerick, IE – Dolan’s

3rd November – Dublin, IE – National Concert Hall

6th November – Bristol, UK – SWX

7th November – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall

9th November – Glasgow, UK – Saint Luke’s

12th November – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix

15th November – Hamburg, DE – Übel & Gefährlich

16th November – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus

17th November – Prague, CZ – MeetFactory

19th November – Vienna, AT – Arena

20th November – Munich, DE – Freiheiz

21st November – Fribourg, CH – Fri-Son

23rd November – Luxembourg, LU – Atelier

24th November – Paris, FR – Trabendo

27th November – Cologne, DE – Luxor


Time Skiffs will be available on CD, 2xLP, and digitally on Feb 4, 2022. A limited edition deluxe 2xLP on starburst ruby & black vinyl is available to pre-order via the Domino store HERE.


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