Since Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), Animal Collective has played hard-to-get with their fans, offering only two reissues and a handful of tracks on their Fall Be Kind EP (2009). But the past couple of weeks have seen a lot of action from the group. First there was the two-side single Honeycomb and Gotham, which hit the internet on May 6.  Then a week later, the Brooklyn-via-Baltimore based band announced a new album, Centipede Hz (“Hz” pronounced “Hertz”), due out on September 4.

Check out the teaser here:

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The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, but much of the actual composition took place near Baltimore, in a barn on Josh Dibb (stage name Deakin)’s property. In interviews, Dave Portner (Avey Tare) describes the album as a return to Animal Collective’s “garage band roots.” It’s a move away from Merriweather’s terrestrial, aural moods, focusing more on the live performance – less sampling, and a higher, rawer energy on many of the tracks.

Domino Records just confirmed the track list below.

(“Honeycomb” and “Gotham” will not appear on the album)

01. Moonjock
02. Today’s Supernatural
03. Rosie Oh
04. Applesauce
05. Wide Eyed
06. Father Time
07. New Town Burnout
08. Monkey Riches
09. Mercury Man
10. Pulleys
11. Amanita

Fans inside and out of Baltimore are getting pumped for the release, the first Collective album in three years, but as of yet none of the tracks are officially available.  There’s speculation that some of the songs may have been played live at concerts:

Here’s what may be “Mercury Man”:

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And another – not clear what it is but in the same spaceship/alien/robot vein as the teaser:

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Baltimore Fishbowl summer intern Moses Hubbard attends Fordham University.