Campfire Songs

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Release date
17 Dec 2012
Running length
5 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Queen in My Pictures 9:58 51,654
2 Doggy 4:39 54,718
3 Two Corvettes 4:58 49,832
4 Moo Rah Rah Rain 11:01 38,935
5 De Soto De Son 11:35 40,532

About this album

The album comprises five individual songs played back to back and recorded in one take. Although it was the middle of November and thus very cold, the recording was made outside on a screen porch in Maryland, using three Sony MiniDisc players with Sony ECM-MS907 microphones placed strategically around the band. Ambient sound from the surrounding area was also captured and added later. The album was mixed at Avey Tare’s apartment in Bushwick and later mastered with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room.

About the recording and the idea for this record, Panda Bear said in 2005:

“We had had the idea of doing something really warm and inviting-sounding for a while, like three or four years at least. We wanted it to sound like a campfire feels and I think that also made us think of campfire songs that you can sing with a bunch of people and everybody gets connected and feels good and safe. It really wasn’t spontaneous or improvised […]. We worked for a month or so to get it just right like the transitions between songs. I still think Queen Of My Pictures into Doggy is one of the best things we’ve done together. I was really excited about my singing on Campfire Songs, I guess because I felt like I was doing things that were difficult for me to do.”

The three members of Animal Collective performing on this album are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Deakin, who makes his debut appearance here. It is their only album featuring this lineup. Although member Geologist does not perform on the album, he was present for the recording to operate the MiniDisc players.

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  • LiamRandolph

    "Avant-garde"? Seriously?!

    12 Apr 1:39am Reply
  • ImportedNylon

    Their definitive best.

    6 Mar 7:33am Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    This album is so awesome, underrated indeed.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • vityapro

    almost good

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Massively underrated. Fantastic atmosphere on this album.

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Frequensalad

    They were surely on lots of acid during the creation of this...

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    this is definitely one of the most personal albums made by this band and it's hard to see how incredible it is when you're first discovering them and realizing how much you love shit like feels and mpp

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AndrzFAL

    So good to listen when you've just woken up.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mfwnoface

    it's a nice album to gently fall asleep to and then wake up to the sound of a thunderstorm and someone going DEEAATHH TAAKEESS TTIIIMMMEEE

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Tree-Fingers

    I thought I'd be bored, but this is one of the most captivating things I listened to in a long time. [2] Sums it up perfectly. It's such a simple set-up (especially compared with some of their practically more expansive work) but they manage to get so much out of it. Fascinating album, and without question one of their best.

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CryptidSun

    greatest thing theyve ever made

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TenaciousKory

    @beaconed @matt_white done.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • therhapsody

    This shit right here.

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • matt1337c

    I thought I'd be bored, but this is one of the most captivating things I listened to in a long time.

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Music_TG

    its just tremendously boring

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Exeron91

    Awesome. Can't believe the mixed reception!

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ThePich

    Man this is good.

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • primozpapic

    Anyone knows any album with a similar concept. Because this is fucking amazing.

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Atmosphere-it

    well hey, I actually like this album

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • WarmishDay

    suffocatingly beautiful

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
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