New Tracks From Animal Collective, Andre 3000, Weezer, Radiohead

Thanks to the internet we now have four brand new tracks from Animal Collective, Weezer and Andre 3000 plus a live Thom Yorke cut that may or may not find its way onto the new Radiohead album.

First up are these floaty new Animal Collective cuts taken from ODDSAC, their by all accounts “trippy” film project with longtime visual collaborator Daniel Perez. Both are gauzy slow burners that certainly lend themselves to soundtracking trippy visuals and/or staring at nothing in particular. If you’re so inclined, the ODDSAC DVD package (the 53-minute film with new songs and score by Animal Collective plus a 40-page hardcover art book in a slipcover case) is shipping now.

Animal Collective – “Mr. Fingers” and “Screens”

Weezer’s never-ending quest to drown in a puddle of its own post-modernism has birthed a meme-inspired video clip, dalliances with Souther Rap and a signature line of Snuggies. Their latest knowing hat tilt to popular culture is the title and album artwork for their eight studio LP Hurley named for Jorge Garcia’s character on Lost, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes.

Explains Rivers Cuomo in a Spinner interview: “We struggled super hard trying to come up with an album title, trying to find some kind of phrase that summed up the whole aesthetic behind the album: ‘Heavy Mental,’ ‘Smaller Than Life’. I was coming up with all kinds of stuff, but ultimately, we just went with some random word that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything. I just loved this photo of Jorge Garcia – it just had this amazing vibe. We didn’t want to do a fourth self-titled record and we knew people would refer to it as ‘the Hurley record’ even if left it without that title, so we just called it ‘Hurley.’ No words are on the cover because all we wanted was his amazing face.”

And what an amazing face it is. First taste of the new album is “Memories” an anthemic jaunt down memory lane that sadly, never makes it as far back as The Blue Album or any moment in time when the hooks outweighed the tricks.

Weezer – “Memories”

Weezer – Memories by Hypetrak

After dropping a cover of The Beatles’ “All Together Now” earlier this year Andre 3000 makes another brief appearance in the forthcoming Evil Empire Limelight Exclusives mixtape. The track, “I Do”, mines the same wives over one night stands Romanticism 3000 so earnestly explored in UGK’s “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” except with more “let’s make an awesome kid together, then prematurely predict just how awesome that kid would be” talk. We get it ‘Dre, and believe us we agree, Wives/Husbands before EVERYTHING.

Andre 3000 – “I Do”

Andre 3000 – I Do (No Tags) by Hypetrak

According to NME the recent Big Chill solo set from Radiohead linchpin Thom Yorke included “Unreleased track ‘Give Up The Ghost’, which Yorke has played live several times, was this time introduced by the singer as “a new Radiohead song“. Make of that what you will with but who would have thought that the perfect sonic accompaniment to the cherub-like voice of an increasingly homeless looking Thom Yorke, is the cherub-like voice of an increasingly homeless looking Thom Yorke.

Thom Yorke – “Give Up The Ghost”