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Here Comes the Indian
Studio album by Animal Collective
Released June 17, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Experimental rock, Folk
Length 44:32
Label Paw Tracks
Professional reviews
Animal Collective chronology
Campfire Songs
Here Comes the Indian
Sung Tongs

Here Comes The Indian is the fourth studio album by Baltimore-based band Animal Collective, released on June 17, 2003. According to members of the Collective, the album was made in a time in which their relationships with each other were strained and complicated, and they have called this the record on which they all "rock out". This was also the first album to bear the name Animal Collective; before Indian, they had chosen to credit themselves according to who played on each album.

Here Comes the Indian is the first release on which all four members of the group perform together, although, on their previous release, Campfire Songs, Geologist was present for the recording.



The album was recorded live in three days. Avey Tare played his guitar through an Ibanez delay rack and Boss pitch shifter/delay pedal to create a doubled, fuller sound, since he was the only one playing guitar at the time. The group also took turns processing sounds through various effects, such as a Roland SH-2 synthesizer and a vocoder. Avey and Panda Bear later recorded the vocals at Avey's house onto MiniDisc, then added them in like electronic sounds along with piano loops that Avey had made. Mixing of the album lasted between three to four days.
In the run-up to the recording session, the members experienced a challenging time. After difficulties on tour and within the band, member Brian Weitz had decided to leave the band for one year to visit graduate school in Arizona. According to him, the recording was the "the absolute heart of that darkness. [...] That’s why the album’s so hectic and chaotic. It was trying to shove all this weird energy into one recording."[1]

Track listing

  1. "Native Belle" – 3:52
  2. "Hey Light" – 5:41
  3. "Infant Dressing Table" – 8:35
  4. "Panic" – 4:48
  5. "Two Sails On a Sound" – 12:20
  6. "Slippi" – 2:49
  7. "Too Soon" – 6:27

"Ark" Early Mix

An early mix of the album could be found on the internet (although not commercially available). Most of the vocals had not been added yet. The guitar was more prominent, and track order was different, with different transitions between songs. [1]

  1. "Too Soon" - 7:01
  2. "Native Bell" - 3:56
  3. "Daylight" - 7:03
  4. "Chant" - 5:26
  5. "Two Sails" - 12:31
  6. "Slippi" - 2:55
  7. "Infinite Dressing Table" - 10:51


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