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Animal Collective riffs on 'Time Skiffs'

"We tend to keep things a little vague," Avey Tare, part of the collaborative group that is Animal Collective, tells me about their approach to lyrics. He says that interpretation is out of his hands as soon as the record is out and he doesn't want to get in the way of anyone's interpretation of his own lyrics. But that didn't stop me from asking and getting some wonderful results.

Animal Collective's new record "Time Skiffs" includes a songs about a benevolent king of Arthurian legend, avant-garde artist Scott Walker and the relativity of time. And that's just what we get into in this interview.