Here Comes the Indian

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Here Comes the Indian
Here Comes the Indian (Front Cover).png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 17, 2003
LabelPaw Tracks
Animal Collective chronology
Campfire Songs
Here Comes the Indian
Sung Tongs
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[5]
Stylus MagazineA[6]
Uncut3/5 stars[7]

Here Comes the Indian is the debut (later retroactively classified as the fourth) studio album by experimental pop band Animal Collective, released on June 17, 2003. Previously, the band's members had simply chosen to credit themselves according to who played on each album, starting with Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (2000). Here Comes the Indian is the first release on which all four members of the group perform together: Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Deakin (Josh Dibb).


The album was recorded live in three days. Avey Tare played his guitar through an Ibanez delay rack and Boss pitch shifter/delay pedal to create a doubled, fuller sound, since he was the only one playing guitar at the time; the group also took turns processing sounds through various effects, such as a Roland SH-2 synthesizer and a vocoder. Avey and Panda Bear later recorded the vocals at Avey's house onto MiniDisc, then added in electronic sounds along with piano loops that Avey had made. Mixing of the album lasted between three and four days.
In the run-up to the recording session, the members experienced a challenging time. After difficulties on tour and within the band, member Brian Weitz (Geologist) had decided to leave the band for one year to visit graduate school in Arizona. According to him, the recording was "the absolute heart of that darkness ... That’s why the album’s so hectic and chaotic, it was trying to shove all this weird energy into one recording."[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Native Belle"3:52
2."Hey Light"5:41
3."Infant Dressing Table"8:35
5."Two Sails on a Sound"12:20
7."Too Soon"6:27
Total length:44:32

"Ark" Early Mix[edit]

An early mix of the album can be found on the internet (although not commercially available). Most of the vocals had not been added yet; the guitar was more prominent, and track order was different, with different transitions between songs. [1]

  1. "Too Soon" – 7:01
  2. "Native Bell" – 3:56
  3. "Daylight" – 7:03
  4. "Chant" – 5:26
  5. "Two Sails" – 12:31
  6. "Slippi" – 2:55
  7. "Infinite Dressing Table" – 10:51



  1. ^ a b Gumshoe. "Favorite 100 Albums of 2000-2009". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
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  3. ^ Pytlik, Mark. "Here Comes the Indian – Animal Collective". AllMusic. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Beta, Andy (June 17, 2003). "Animal Collective: Here Comes the Indian". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Animal Collective: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Howard, Ed (September 10, 2003). "Animal Collective – Here Comes the Indian – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Animal Collective – Here Comes The Indian". Uncut (75): 97. August 2003. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ MOTHER NATURE’S SONS: Animal Collective and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti by Simon Reynolds, The Wire, 2005

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