Critics and bloggers alike love Animal Collective. Therefore, it should serve as no surprise that their most recent EP, Fall Be Kind, is being lauded by critics
. Over the past few days, in the midst of my finals week, I have had the opportunity to explore Fall Be Kind in all it’s complexities. One thing I have deduced conclusively, however, is my affinity for the track ‘What Would I Want, Sky?’
In a similar manner to ‘My Girls
‘, Animal Collective utilize dissonance (and the relief from said dissonance) in ‘What Would I Want, Sky?’ quite effectively. Essentially, because dissonance creates a sense of discomfort, any subsequent section without dissonance will be more comforting, and thereby sonically appealing by comparison. At 3:00 into the song, there is a dissonance-filled transition that serves as a connective tissue between dark, cloud-like downward arpeggios and pleasant folk-pop (oddly enough this is the best way I can describe the two main parts of the song). When the transition is complete and the dissonance breaks (at around 3:20), the feeling is as relieving, beautiful, and calming as when you finally pee after holding it in for way too long.
‘What Would I Want, Sky?’ actually contains the first licensed Grateful Dead sample ever, and Noah Lennox’s voice over a cycling sampled Jerry Garcia is a juxtaposition that works eerily well.