Animal Collective’s ‘My Girls’ is a reminder that even the most diverse and developed of songwriting styles can branch out from a simple idea.
While the Maryland group have penned a song whose predominant lyrical theme is rather straightforward, the rest of the track’s core elements are awash with wondrous complexity, all delicately layered and intricately strung together over the course of five and a half hypnotic minutes.
Wind-swept whooshes and tingly electronic chimes set the tone from the off, generating a heady crescendo to bring in the track’s first anthemic hook, “There isn't much that I feel I need/A solid soul and the blood I bleed.” The continuous use of similarly-emphasised, ever-quickening rhyming couplets, gives the song an undeniable catchiness.
Quickfire samples contribute to the song’s bassline throughout, alongside the echoing vocal harmonies of Panda Bear and Avey Tare, which rebound off each other with powerful resonance in the midst of the lush soundscape.
With its parent album ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ a likely contender for most of 2009’s ‘best album’ lists come the end of the year, ‘My Girls’ seems to be something of a surprise release, coming out nearly three months after the LP first arrived on the scene.
Even so, the song’s sonic depth and underlying pathos make it a piece to be cherished long after the year is out, seemingly capable of drawing many more followers towards Animal Collective’s curious musical world.