Animal Collective have released the first glimpse of their score for A24 film The Inspection, which features a collaboration with Indigo De Souza as its final track. Today's single, titled "Crucible," foregrounds the band's classic staggered harmonies over organ chords and flickering piano accents. Avey Tare says, “I wanted us to conjure the feeling of being strong but also showing vulnerability. The desire to ask a community or a loved one to have your back and support you and the expectation that it will happen.” Listen to "Crucible" below.
The Inspection is based on the true story of writer and director Elegance Bratton. As a young, Black, gay man, main character Ellis French joins the Marines after being ostracized by his family. The Inspection explores his experience in boot camp. On Animal Collective's scoring prowess, Bratton says: