Take a Trip with “Prester John,” a New Animal Collective Song/Video Previewing a New Album in February

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In February, acclaimed indie/experimental band Animal Collective will return with Time Skiff, its first new studio album since 2016 and the 11th of the group’s career.

Announced on Wednesday, the news came with the premiere of “Prester John,” complete with a music video featuring the band members filtered through a significantly psychedelic visual aesthetic:

Given the group’s lauded history and esteem in the indie-rock world, a press release for the album characterizes the new material in terms that convey the context surrounding the band’s return:

Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective’s past two decades, still in search of what’s next.

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The album’s track listing:

01. Dragon Slayer
02. Car Keys
03. Prester John
04. Strung with Everything
05. Walker
06. Cherokee
07. Passer-by
08. We Go Back
09. Royal and Desire

And some North American tour dates for Spring 2022, after the album makes its debut:

3/08 Richmond, VA The National
3/09 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
3/11 North Adams, MA Mass MOCA Hunter Center
3/12 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
3/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
3/15 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
3/16 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
3/18 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/19 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
3/20 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
3/21 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
3/23 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
3/24 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
3/24-27 Knoxville, TN Big Ears Festival
3/26 Atlanta, GA The Eastern