01. It's You
02. Prospect Hummer
03. Baleen Sample
04. I Remember Learning How To Dive
Animal Collective’s ‘Prospect Hummer’ EP, previously only available on CD and digitally, is making its way to vinyl almost exactly ten years since its original release on FatCat. ‘Prospect Hummer’ was the last release to see Animal Collective operating in a largely acoustic singer-songwriter / freak-folk mode, and three of the EP’s four tracks feature the sweet, distinctive vocals of cult singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan.
The idea for this EP germinated during a 2003 tour which saw Animal Collective (playing as an Avey Tare / Panda Bear duo) supporting Four Tet across the UK. Having long been huge fans of her sole album at that time (the rediscovered 1970 gem, ‘Just Another Diamond Day’), Animal Collective happened to meet Vashti when the tour passed through Edinburgh. Following this meeting, ideas were hatched and conversations began, culminating in the group selecting these three beautiful songs for Vashti to make a home in.
‘Prospect Hummer’ was recorded by their friend Rusty Santos (who co-produced ‘Sung Tongs’) at Idle Luxury studios in London over three days in April 2004, while the band were were embarking on their second UK / European tour around their seminal ‘Sung Tongs’ album. The ‘Prospect Hummer’ EP was eventually released a year later in early May 2005, just a handful of months before their brilliant breakthrough album, ‘Feels’.
Largely acoustic-based, the record centers around the three harmonized vocal tracks, ‘It’s You’, ‘Prospect Hummer’, and ‘I Remember Learning How To Dive’. Weaving their luscious, multi-layered web around Vashti’s singing, these three tracks feature Animal members Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Deakin. A fourth track, the instrumental ‘Baleen Sample’ was completed later in the year, and includes samples from band member Geologist, who was absent from the Four Tet tour.