Album artwork for Animal Joy by Shearwater

After releasing a pair of gorgeous, languid collections of naturalist-themed chamber pop Shearwater delivers a sealskin boot to the head with the measured but primal Animal Joy, their eighth studio album and first for the Sub Pop label. Dense, powerful, wild, yet immaculately rendered, Animal Joy blends the expansive, cinematic scope of contemporaries like Other Lives and the National with the arty drama of "San Jacinto"-era Peter Gabriel. Jonathan Meiburg's mighty falsetto achieves a richness it has only hinted at on previous outings, and the production, provided by the band along with fellow Texan Danny Reisch (White Denim, Brass Bed), is big-budget slick without feeling souless and sterile. Front loaded with four of its most immediate pleasures ("Animal Life," "Breaking the Yearnings," "Dread Sovereign," and "You as You Were"), the 11-track collection retains the group's penchant for crafting organic, melancholy narratives infused with ecological/mythological imagery, but the pace, due in no small part to the spectacular, precision drumming of Thor Harris, has been significantly tweaked, where even the quietest number, the six-and-a-half minute "Insolence," builds to a satisfying sonic catharsis.

Shearwater

Animal Joy

Sub Pop
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Album artwork for Animal Joy by Shearwater
LP

£21.99

Sub Pop Label of the Month - September 2016 - Free 12" Sampler with purchase while stocks last

Released 27/02/2012Catalogue Number

sp957

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Album artwork for Animal Joy by Shearwater
CD

£7.99

Sub Pop Label of the Month - September 2016 - Free 12" Sampler with purchase while stocks last

Released 27/02/2012Catalogue Number

spcd957

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Shearwater

Animal Joy

Sub Pop
Album artwork for Album artwork for Animal Joy by Shearwater by Animal Joy - Shearwater
Album artwork for Animal Joy by Shearwater
LP

£21.99

Sub Pop Label of the Month - September 2016 - Free 12" Sampler with purchase while stocks last

Released 27/02/2012Catalogue Number

sp957

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

Album artwork for Animal Joy by Shearwater
CD

£7.99

Sub Pop Label of the Month - September 2016 - Free 12" Sampler with purchase while stocks last

Released 27/02/2012Catalogue Number

spcd957

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

After releasing a pair of gorgeous, languid collections of naturalist-themed chamber pop Shearwater delivers a sealskin boot to the head with the measured but primal Animal Joy, their eighth studio album and first for the Sub Pop label. Dense, powerful, wild, yet immaculately rendered, Animal Joy blends the expansive, cinematic scope of contemporaries like Other Lives and the National with the arty drama of "San Jacinto"-era Peter Gabriel. Jonathan Meiburg's mighty falsetto achieves a richness it has only hinted at on previous outings, and the production, provided by the band along with fellow Texan Danny Reisch (White Denim, Brass Bed), is big-budget slick without feeling souless and sterile. Front loaded with four of its most immediate pleasures ("Animal Life," "Breaking the Yearnings," "Dread Sovereign," and "You as You Were"), the 11-track collection retains the group's penchant for crafting organic, melancholy narratives infused with ecological/mythological imagery, but the pace, due in no small part to the spectacular, precision drumming of Thor Harris, has been significantly tweaked, where even the quietest number, the six-and-a-half minute "Insolence," builds to a satisfying sonic catharsis.