Animal Collective have been making experimental indie rock for about eight years, but 2007 definitely saw them come of age. That was when they released the critically acclaimed Strawberry Jam, a compelling and complex pop disc that landed them on countless year-end best-of lists. Thankfully, the group had a few tunes left over from that recording session.
The four-track Water Curses EP – three songs from the Strawberry Jam sessions and one newer tune – is as engaging as any of their full-lengths. Besides the upbeat title track, which most resembles songs from their last record, the tunes are dreamy and minimalist, floating quietly into each other. But just because they’re not raucous doesn’t mean they’re not good. Yet another must-have for Animal Collective fans.