Danse Manatee

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1 A Manatee Dance 1:02 36,867
2 Penguin Penguin 2:15 35,555
3 Another White Singer (Little White Glove) 1:58 27,733
4 Essplode 3:23 33,281
8 The Living Toys 7:48 25,507
10 Ahhh Good Country 5:08 28,134

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Danse Manatee is the second album by Baltimore based band Animal Collective, released in July 2001 on Catsup Plate under the name Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist. Only 1000 copies were made for the Catsup Plate release, but it has since been re-released as a double CD along with Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished in 2003 on Fat Cat Records. Band member Geologist, who joined Avey Tare and Panda Bear for the first time on this release, has said that this is perhaps his favorite Animal Collective album, despite its general lack of popularity among fans and critics.

The album was recorded in many different locations, including Avey’s parents house, the house the band shared in Brooklyn Heights, and Geologist’s college dorm room and radio station. To create the sounds the group made use of guitar, synths, samples, and did percussion with whatever was lying around.

At the time of recording, the band was into extreme frequencies. Their goal was to experiment with intense high and low sounds and how they occupied space in the room and moved around in the listener’s head. This created a challenge during the mastering process, as they could not raise the volume of the whole mix without causing the sounds to digitally distort. Geologist had this to say about the recording of the album on the Collected Animals forum:

“We used guitars drums synths and made a bunch of sounds on minidiscs and did percussion stuff on whatever was lying around.

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  • antigolf

    "This album introduces the depression, do not you think? " [3]

    31 May 4:40am Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    It took me at least 4 listens for this album to properly catch my attention. Yes, I still think this is their weakest album. Yes, this is their most difficult album to get into. This is an album that you have to actually be in the right state of mind and atmosphere to be able to actually listen to in a bearable manner before appreciating it. I just finished re-listening to it and there's more tracks that I find notable that failed to strike me as interesting in my previous attempts. If you're new to AnCo and are trying to listen to their whole discography, consider giving this album more than 1 listen before judging it in its entirety and discarding it forever.

    14 May 5:12pm Reply
  • polymorphous71

    1st album of theirs I got into. They went far more 'pop' but I warmed to that style too. This album is only too way out if you have lightweight ears.

    11 Jan 10:20pm Reply
  • butt-plugsuit

    It's like the keebler elves are force-feeding me LSD inside of a tree

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • ubuntufag

    I love how the number of plays decreases as the album goes on, people are dropping out

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • gayfuckingfag

    fuck da haters dis da shit

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • spotthetrain

    I loved it on the first listen, definitely one of their best.

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Clanhelio

    You've got to be in the mood for its special brand of anxious energy but when you are it's incredible

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • VivaElTomate

    this is really good #fuckthehaters teehee

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • maccrash

    well, it isn't TERRIBLE, but it's not exactly pleasant

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • notquitegonzo

    "This album introduces the depression, do not you think? " [2]

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • mfwnoface

    it's like there's a rainforest in my head and everyone's invited

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • PortugueseSteel

    I'm not high enough for this.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • y8j

    Best AnCo album.

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gonzeaux

    "Some people just don't understand the musical genies", "It's like... raw shit music, you know?" - Actual things people who have forced themselves to tolerate this record say, I don't even need to add to that

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Bosc

    ahhh good country!!! prob my favorite AC though for awhile i thought it was total shit and proof AC fanboys will love just about anything AC puts out xP

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Offino

    Most weird and most difficult of them, but i like it.

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    This is absolutely terrifying. I kind of like it though.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Goomba4001

    It's funny how everyone's commenting about the amount of hate! and haters! this album has, yet there's no actual hate visible in the shoutbox.

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Zodiark111

    Not bad. I understand the hate, however. Some people just don't understand musical genies.

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
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