Danse Manatee

Release date
6 Oct 2003
Running length
6 tracks
Running time
21:34

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 A Manatee Dance 1:02 33,789
2 Penguin Penguin 2:15 34,378
3 Another White Singer (Little White Glove) 1:58 26,610
4 Essplode 3:23 32,068
8 The Living Toys 7:48 24,563
10 Ahhh Good Country 5:08 27,110

About this album

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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  • gayfuckingfag

    fuck da haters dis da shit

    20 Mar 1:30am Reply
  • spotthetrain

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

    3 Mar 8:31am 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 3:13am Reply
  • VivaElTomate

    this is really good #fuckthehaters teehee

    5 Jan 1:00am 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
  • Jorgersg

    Fuck 'em haters, man. I like this album just fine. It's like ambient and raw shit music, you know?

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mcdeeda

    definitely my favorite AnCo album, barely beating Spirit. Panda Bear really needs to get behind the drums again.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jinofcoolnes

    it grows on you...

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    has its ups and downs

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ThePich

    I think i need a second listen at least.

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
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