Animal Collective + Stealing Sheep | Tracks
AnCo gets agro on an overdriven waltz. Liverpool ladies contrast cool and caustic.
Published: August 8, 2012
Look past the snappy, sonic packaging shrink-wrapped around this scrumptious pop tune by the rising Brit trio and you’ll find the lyrics tell a darker story. It’s a clever contrast. Still, good luck getting past that infectious sound, lifted straight out of the ’60s and summoning swinging London—so what if the ladies call Liverpool home? A catchy yet spare descending guitar riff coats this surface veneer over a driving bass drone and hand claps that’ll have you bopping your head along unwillingly. The close-knit harmonies are some of the sharpest heard this side of Jon Anderson’s multi-tracked tangles on Yes platters, belying the tart story line playing out. Someone’s been done wrong, we learn as those well-paired voices coalesce around the refrain: “It’s all right with me, girl / It’s all right to make me feel this way.” We’ve heard it all before, but when they follow with “You’ll never know how to feel this way,” well, ouch. A tune that could power an ice-cream social undercut by bitter sentiment. In the end, that cool and caustic back-and-forth gives the group the upper hand.