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- Down There by Avey Tare
I guess you've probably heard of The Animal Collectives. This guy's one of them and this is his solo debut. It's good, like their records usually are. And it sounds quite like The Animal Collectives, which their record's usually do. Much like Panda Bear's Person Pitch it's totally recognisable as being from their own particular camp, it's just that the focus is more on one particular aspect of what they do, fleshed out into something that works as a full LP. What seems a bit weird about it is that a lot of it sounds more like what everyone seemed to be expecting Panda Bear to do, ie taking the beats up a notch while bringing a little more experimentation to things. Some of it's got a clear techno influence, some sounds like fractured hip-hop, some sounds like the gloopy bounciness of recent Black Dice but it's all done expertly and constantly retains that trademark AC sound, largely brought by that singular vocal style which is still gonna fuck you off if it's always fucked you off but will provide comforting familiarity to those who can stomach it.
7/10 Tom 23rd January 2016
A slight but sweet gem from the screechier, more wordy half of Animal Collective, Avey Tare. Lyrically dealing with bleak, personal subject matter, Down There is a series of syrupy, ghostly electronic tracks backed by Tare's singular vocal style. It's all a bit minimalist (fans of Thom Yorke's skittery, stripped-down solo work might well enjoy it) and, as you might expect from an Animal Collective project, quite repetitive at times. Nevertheless, the sequencing is very nice, tracks bleeding into one another, interspersed with odd, contextless vocal samples from what sound like decades-old movies.
As a result, this is an album that sounds best in one sitting, the pervading swampy, resigned mood becoming strangely comforting; at just over 30 minutes in length, it's not too much to ask.
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