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Animal Collective Is Working on a New Album

INDIO, CA - APRIL 16:  Musical group Animal Collective performs during Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2011 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Avey Tare reports that the band is hard at work on their first full-length effort since Merriweather Post Pavillion: "We just finished another two weeks of writing session and put together five [more] new songs." Pitchfork does a little quick math on that number and figures that with the ten songs Dave Portner mentioned back in July, the gang has fifteen tracks total in their back pocket. They plan to start recording sometime in January. Oliver Platt is so excited!

Photo: Kevin Winter/2011 Getty Images