"I thought playing guitar might force me to write different types of songs," says Noah Lennox. "And it did." While the Animal Collective mastermind's last solo album, 2007's acclaimed Person Pitch, was a harmony-filled blast of joy, his new one goes way darker. "I was struck by how intense it made me feel listening to it," says Lennox, who built the album's sound around warped-beyond-recognition guitars instead of samples. "It's heavy-sounding to me." It's also his most diverse work yet, pivoting from the aptly titled, almost medieval "Drone" to the Afropop-in-space of "Afterburner" to the hip-hop beat of "Slow Motion."
-Listen: "Atiba Song"