Campfire Songs (album)

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Campfire Songs
Campfire Songs (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Campfire Songs
Released March 2003
Recorded November 2001
Genre Psychedelic folk
Length 42:11
Label Catsup Plate
Paw Tracks
Animal Collective chronology
Campfire Songs
Here Comes the Indian
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound A-[3]
Stylus B+[4]
Pitchfork 7.2/10[5]

Campfire Songs is the debut album by Campfire Songs, released in March 2003. It was later retroactively classified as the third studio album by experimental pop band Animal Collective.


The album comprises five individual songs played back to back and recorded in one take. Although it was the middle of November and thus very cold, the recording was made outside on a screen porch in Maryland, using three Sony MiniDisc players with Sony ECM-MS907 microphones placed strategically around the band. Ambient sound from the surrounding area was also recorded on January 2002 and added later to "Queen in My Pictures" and "Moo Rah Rah Rain". The album was mixed at Avey Tare's apartment in Bushwick and later mastered with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room.

About the recording and the idea for this record, Panda Bear said in 2005:

The three members of Animal Collective performing on this album are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Deakin, who makes his debut appearance here. It is their only album featuring this lineup. Although member Geologist does not perform on the album, he was present for the recording to operate the MiniDisc players.[1] At this point in time, despite the presence of all four original members, there was still no Animal Collective proper; the name Campfire Songs was intended to be the name of the band performing the album, as well as the name of the album itself.[7] However, the band name 'Animal Collective' is used in the booklet from the latest copies of the album.

About one week before recording, they played the whole album live at Tonic in New York City, sitting in the middle of the floor while the audience surrounded them.[6]

Campfire Songs is one of only three Animal Collective-related releases (the others being 2007's Strawberry Jam and 2012's Centipede Hz) to include a booklet with full lyrics.

The original Catsup Plate version of the album went out of print in 2008, and was reissued by Paw Tracks Records on January 26, 2010. [2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Queen In My Pictures" 9:58
2. "Doggy" 4:39
3. "Two Corvettes" 4:58
4. "Moo Rah Rah Rain" 11:01
5. "De Soto de Son" 11:34
Total length: 42:11



  1. ^ "Campfire Songs [Reissue] by Animal Collective". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Kivel, Adam. "Animal Collective - Campfire Songs [Reissue] - Album Reviews - Consequence of Sound". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Stylus review
  5. ^ "Animal Collective: Campfire Songs Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Interview Archived March 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., The Milk Factory, April 2005
  7. ^ Video on YouTube

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