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Blind Man’s Colour, ‘Season Dreaming’ (Kanine)

Spencer Kornhaber // August 14, 2009

File these Floridians’ debut as exhibit No. 436 in the case for Animal Collective as this decade’s most influential indie band. The album’s blend of sonic gauze, earnest keening, electronic blooping, analog clatter, ethnic flavor, and nostalgic ’60s pop emits a rainbow glow that’s as comforting as it is comfortable. Veering from playground strum-along (“The Dinosaur Ride”) to submerged waltz (“Anxious Place”) to neon droning (“The Planets Explode”), Season Dreaming proves a tough truth: Using a vibrant palette doesn’t mean you’re not coloring inside someone else’s lines.

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