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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Animal returns after year-long silence with 'Good Friend'

It's been more than a year since we last heard from New Animal, but the ornate pop duo of Kris Hermstad and Derek Burdette are back with a demo that proves the band hasn't been resting on its laurels. "Good Friend" (streaming below) takes the helplessly catchy and emotive pop of the project's earlier tunes (see "Falling Up") while beefing up the scene with a waltzing pace and rustic harmonies. The fuzzy affair unfurls as Hermstad and Burdette drop in layers of instrumental bits and pieces. The overall effect feels like a blown-out take on Woods' psych-pop or a danceable lo-fi version of Fleet Foxes' orchestral folk. Although there are no details at this time, the song does serve as the first taste of New Animal's upcoming, unfinished LP. In the meantime, the group plans to play its first live show of the year on Sat., Nov. 30 at the Earl.

The Romenz, New Animal, and Easter Island. Play the Earl on Sat., Nov. 30. $8. 9 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

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