Animal Collective are teaming up with a coral collective to release a new double album, Tangerine Reef, next month.
A collaborative effort with Coral Morphologic, a multimedia company that pairs science with art to campaign for coral preservation, Tangerine Reef is the follow-up to 2016’s Painting With and two EPs from 2017, The Painters and Meeting Of The Waters. Animal Collective premiered the Tangerine Reef material live at Festival of Disruption in May, but now the tunes are arriving as a double album come August. There’s no word yet on whether the songs were recorded at the festival live or in studio.
The band had originally planned to announce Tangerine Reef on July 16, but one Reddit user beat them to the punch after it was listed for preorder on French retailer Fnac as an unspecified “soundtrack of a planetary cause.”
A marine biologist, Colin Foord, and a musician, Jared McKay, are the masterminds behind Coral Morphologic, which they launched in 2007. Animal Collective are frequent collaborators: They also teamed up with Coral Morphologic last year for an art installation detailing coral reproduction.
Animal Collective are currently on a world tour revisiting their 2004 breakout, Sung Tongs. During each show, they’ll play the album in its entirety. Find the remaining dates right here. While you’re at it, revisit our list of the 12 best Animal Collective songs.