Album Review: Avey Tare - Down There (Paw Tracks)
The Animal Collective solo album is no revelation, but it’s played out beautifullyMore on Avey Tare
Happily, Portner’s newie, ‘Down There’, is far easier to recommend. The adorable ‘Heads Hammock’ fuses IDM bleeps to tumbling self-looped vocal harmonies and carnival drums, while elsewhere, echo and reverb is slathered on with a hall-of-mirrors effect, guitars and keys melting and bending like warm candle wax. To be completely honest, it’s no revelation – at times the music feels incomplete, like a lonesome Portner is missing his bros – but it’s played out beautifully, sunny in disposition and just a little wild around the edge.
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