Animal Collective's Geologist on How Arizona Shaped the Band

Animal Collective, the once-Baltimore based electronic-psychedelic act consisting of Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear, seems to be in a constant state of flux when the band's entire catalog is taken into perspective. From the combinations of the most disparate electronic and acoustic musical elements on 2000's Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished to the traditional pop transitions of the wildly popular Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective has always shape-shifted by exploring new sonic territory.

In one way, Arizona also played a role in Animal Collective's evolution.

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