Garbled. Babbling. Disorientated: at 3am on a Friday morning, it’s a state that most of Britain’s young adults have narcissistically inflicted upon themselves over the course of the evening prior.

I’m all of the above but decidedly sober, sat prodding through the matrix of international and US state dialling codes,

smug in the knowledge my head won’t feel like it’s been sat on by a Sumo wrestler in the morning.

The reason for my increasingly sleep-deprived state is Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear – one part of 2010’s critical darlings Animal Collective.

Having decamped from his home in Portugal, he’s back in the familiar surroundings of Baltimore for three months, working on new Animal Collective material and taking the chance to catch up with his

“American family.” “Things are pretty good,” Noah starts, “sort of intense and hectic but I feel like there’s so many good things in my life.

I always feel bad about complaining. I’m in Baltimore for three months to work and spend some time with my family over here. NAIRE

I don’t get to see them too often.”

.” It’s a scenario much in keeping with Animal Collective’s geographically disparate make up.

Where most bands have the option of cramming into a rehearsal space at relatively short notice, NAIRE

Panda Bear, Avey Tare, Deakin and Geologist have always taken more of a nonconformist approach that spans the globe and needs planning,

with a bit more than an Oyster card to arrange.

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