Animal Collective last released an album in 2016 with Painting With. Despite being a fairly good album all on its own, there’s no denying it’s a far cry away from their earlier roots. Back before they introduced more experimental electronic elements, the psychedelic band toyed around with an acoustic-based sound. Their magnum opus from this period was undoubtedly the album Sung Tongs, which came out in 2004. That LP saw the band’s profile rise a bit, and it’s now widely considered a classic in the experimental indie/folk genre.
Sung Tongs is an album bubbling with oddness, curious melodic structures, and wild sounds using the bare minimum of instruments (and members). Members Avey Tare (Dave Portner) and Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) were the only ones to play on it. But the magic those two captured has lived on, and it seems like lately the band is really interested in going back to those sounds.
First off, we had last year’s Record Store Day release of the Meeting Of The Waters EP, which is like a continuation of the Sung Tongs sound. And then, following that up was a new Avey Tare solo record (Eucalyptus), which also continues in this style. Then late last year, Portner and Lennox played Sung Tongs in its entirety at Pitchfork’s music festival. And now, they’re hitting the road doing the very same thing with a chunk of tour dates slated for this Summer.
Announced yesterday, Animal Collective (as the duo of Avey Tare and Panda Bear) have shared a quick, special world-tour where they’ll be performing Sung Tongs in its entirety. The dates run for about half of both June and July, and are sure to be highly sought after shows by fans around the globe. Check out all the tour dates for these shows below.
12 – Troxy – London, UK
13 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, NL
14 – Heimathafen – Berlin, DE
15 – Vega – Copenhagen, DK
17 – Trianon – Paris, FR
19 – Sala Apolo – Barcelona, ES
20 – Joy Eslava – Madrid, ES
21 – Teatro Capitolio – Lisbon, PT
23 – Summer Nostos Festival – Athens, GR
20 – Town Hall – New York, NY
21 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
23 – Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX
25 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
28 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
29 – The Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA
30 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
31 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
Pre-sale tickets for these shows go on sale today at noon with the code “sungtongs18.” General on-sale follows this Friday. Both purchase options can be made right here.
Will Animal Collective be doing any other special things this year? Who knows. But for now, stream their entire discography over here cause you deserve it.