Animal Collective Announce New Album Time Skiffs, Share “Prester John”: Stream

Plus, they've also unveiled 2022 tour dates in the US

Animal Collective Time Skiffs new album Prester John music video single song stream Animal Collective, photo by Hisham Bharoocha
Animal Collective, photo by Hisham Bharoocha

    Experimental indie rock icons Animal Collective have announced their first new studio album in over half a decade. It’s called Time Skiffs and it’s due out February 4th via Domino. Stream lead single “Prester John” alongside its music video below.

    Time Skiffs is Animal Collective’s 11th full-length LP of their career, excluding live albums, film scores, and EPs. Their follow-up to 2016’s Painting With spans nine tracks in total, including “Prester John,” that were recorded by Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear across the course of 2020. In other words, this is their pandemic album.

    A press release compares Time Skiffs to fan-favorite Strawberry Jam and the “inchoate early days” of Animal Collective’s storied career, which is obviously high praise. “These nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder, same as they ever were,” it reads.


    As the lead single, “Prester John” is a worthy peek into the promises of Time Skiff’s throwback style. Created by weaving two songs together, one written by Avey Tare and the other by Panda Bear, “Prester John” is the type of stripped down song that technically sees each member playing a distinct part, but so gently that it feels like a wisp of comforting campfire smoke. If we didn’t know better, it could be mistaken for a Feels cut. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Jason Lester, draws out those themes by positioning the band members in front of dreamy nature scenes while they perform the track.

    Pre-orders for Time Skiffs are currently ongoing, including a limited edition 2xLP on starburst ruby and black vinyl that’s rather pretty. Check out the cover artwork and tracklist for it after the jump.

    But wait, that’s not all! After dropping their album next year, Animal Collective will hit the road for a short US tour. Spanning 15 dates in total, the trek will see Animal Collective performing songs from Time Skiffs live in the Midwest and along the East Coast. Check out the complete list of tour dates below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 22nd through Ticketmaster.


    Time Skiffs Artwork:

    Time Skiffs by Animal Collective album artwork cover art LP front collage picture photo

    Time Skiffs Tracklist:
    01. Dragon Slayer
    02. Car Keys
    03. Prester John
    04. Strung with Everything
    05. Walker
    06. Cherokee
    07. Passer-by
    08. We Go Back
    09. Royal and Desire

    Animal Collective 2022 Tour Dates:
    03/08 Richmond, VA @ The National
    03/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    03/11 North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA Hunter Center
    03/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    03/13 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    03/15 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    03/16 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
    03/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
    03/19 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
    03/20 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
    03/21 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    03/23 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    03/24 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
    03/24-27 Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
    03/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern