Boomkat Product Review:
A product of the same (broad) scene that has thrust Devendra Banhart, the Golden Apples and Antony and the Johnsons to public attention, the newest artists to re-emerge from the gently skewed sphere of contempoary Americana are Fat Cat's Animal Collective. Recorded by Sung Tongs' producer Rusty Santos, 'Prospect Hummer' is a meeting of the Animal Collective and Brit-folk veteran Vaashti Bunyan (check 'Just Another Diamond Day' for musical reference). Limiting their oeuvre to harps, guitars and vocals on EP opener 'It's You', Animal Collective and Bunyan nevertheless produce a clamorous GM modified Americana/folk mutation that is suitably moving and much grander than its constituent elements may suggest. Title track 'Prospect Hummer' harks back to an era when railroads dictated American life, with a locomotive rhythm beating at its heart and multi-harmonised choruses in it's head whilst the closing 'I Remember Learning How to Dive' has the covert menace of the much cited Wickerman soundtrack.