Danse Manatee

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Danse Manatee
Danse Manatee (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist
Released July 2001
Recorded January–March 2001 in Parkton, Maryland and at Columbia University.
Length 47:07
Label Catsup Plate
Animal Collective / Avey Tare / Panda Bear chronology
Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
Danse Manatee
Alternative Cover
Spirit/Danse Reissue Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
PopMatters (favorable)[1]
Pitchfork 3.9/10[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[3]

Danse Manatee is the first collaborative studio album between Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist, released in July 2001 on the label Catsup Plate. It was later retroactively classified as the second studio album by experimental pop band Animal Collective.


Only one thousand copies were made for the Catsup Plate release, but it was reissued as a double CD along with Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished in 2003 on FatCat Records. Band member Geologist, who joined Avey Tare and Panda Bear for the first time on this release, has said that this is perhaps his favorite Animal Collective album, despite its general lack of popularity among fans and critics.[4]

The album was recorded in many different locations, including Avey's parent's house, the house the band shared in Brooklyn Heights, and Geologist's college dorm room and radio station. To create the sounds the group made use of guitar, synths, samples, and did percussion with whatever was lying around.

The band's goal in the recording and production of the album was to experiment with extreme frequencies and how they were perceived by the listener. This created a challenge during the mastering process, as they could not raise the volume of the whole mix without causing the sounds to digitally distort. Geologist had this to say about the recording of the album on the Collected Animals forum:

For the Spirit/Danse reissue on FatCat Records, Danse Manatee was remastered by Sung Tongs producer Rusty Santos.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Animal Collective.

No. Title Length
1. "A Manatee Dance" 1:02
2. "Penguin Penguin" 2:15
3. "Another White Singer (Little White Glove)" 1:58
4. "Essplode" 3:23
5. "Meet the Light Child" 8:44
6. "Runnin' the Round Ball" 2:07
7. "Bad Crumbs" 1:43
8. "The Living Toys" 7:48
9. "Throwin' the Round Ball" 1:35
10. "Ahhh Good Country" 8:18
11. "Lablakely Dress" 2:38
12. "In the Singing Box" 5:36
Total length: 47:07



  1. ^ PopMatters review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ post by Brian Weitz under the username "veyesor" (2006), Questions for the Collective: A Manatee Dance, Collected Animals, archived from the original on July 20, 2011, retrieved July 24, 2013