2016 has been busy for Animal Collective so far, with the release of their fun and fast-paced new album Painting With, and extensive world touring. It was already a good year to be an Animal Collective fan, and now they have yet another new song for their fans with their latest release “Mountain Game."
"Mountain Game” is not actually a new song, having been recorded in 2010 for the video game Red Dead Redemption. The song was never actually used in the game however, and the band has decided to instead release it now.
“Mountain Game” begins with an acoustic intro reminiscent of earlier albums Campfire Songs and Sung Tongs before shifting to an electronic, bass-heavy sound that should be familiar to any fans of their popular 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion. Unsurprising, as this song would’ve been recorded in the same era as that album. “Mountain Game” was also performed live by band member Avey Tare on his 2011 solo tour, and it’s great to see it resurface as it’s a fantastic song.
I’ll admit, Animal Collective is one of my all-time favorite bands, so I’m definitely biased in their favor, but to my ears this is just another great addition to their discography. As it may be another 3-4 years until more new music from them comes out, it’s nice to have an extra song to tide everyone over until the next album is released, whenever that may be.