Indie band Animal Collective is back not just with new music, but with a whole visual experience.
The new project is an audiovisual album called Tangerine Reef, made in collaboration with art-science duo of marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J.D. McKay, better known together as Coral Morphologic. The project is described by Animal Collective's label as a "visual tone poem consisting of time-lapse and slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral and cameos by alien-like reef creatures," which, despite appearances, did not use any CGI. The two groups previously worked together on the live collaboration with Coral Orgy.
The album Tangerine Reef will be released Aug. 17, along with a corresponding film posted on the band's website, and both commemorate 2018 as the International Year of the Reef. The release will not feature Animal Collective founding member Panda Bear.
In anticipation of the release, Animal Collective has released the new track "Hair Cutter," a slow, psychedelic song which serves as the opener to Tangerine Reef. A video for the song featuring footage from the film is available exclusively on Apple Music.
Tangerine Reef is available for pre-order now and will be released digitally and on CD, as well as on a limited-edition green vinyl. Meanwhile, Animal Collective is on tour through early August, with tickets for select dates on sale right here on AXS.