In the throes of a digital world, it may seem pointless to review material for an album that was released to in MP3 format almost a month ago. Despite that, we think it's worth noting that the brilliance of Animal Collective's new Fall Be Kind EP (physically released today in the U.S.) is the kind of piece that is best absorbed through the majesty of 12-inch vinyl as the walls of your room echo with sound and smoke trails from you last spliff of homegrown race to the top of the ceiling. But no matter the format, it's abundantly clear that Fall's five-song splendor ironically exhibits AC at the hight of their swirling pop appeal.
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But if there's one overall star of this EP, it's the lush vocal exchanges between Porter and Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) masterfully exhibited in the short-n-sweet track "Bleed." It's a sentiment that retains its luster on the song "On a Highway," skipping along with sparse percussion, those unforgettable synth swells and harmonies executed with Beach Boy precision.