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Avey Tare

7s

    You remember how it was, don’t you, back in the Spring of 2020? Knowing so little about what any of us should do, so many of us crawled inside our quarters to find new obsessions or indulge the familiar ones, unencumbered by anything else we could do. At home in the woods on the eastern edge of Asheville, N.C., Avey Tare took the latter path, sequestering himself in his small home studio to sort the songs he’d written and recorded with friends in the instantly distant before times—Animal Collective’s Time Skiffs, of course, their astonishing document of communal creativity a quarter-century into the enterprise. He often worked there for 12 hours a day, tweaking mixes alone, save the birds and bears and his girlfriend, Madelyn. By Fall, though, it was done, so what next? How else should Avey now occupy himself in his cozy little room? The answer became 7s, his fourth solo album (and first in four years), an enchanting romp through the playground of his head. He wasn’t, however, going to do it alone.

    During the first week of January 2021, Avey began making regular drives to his friend Adam McDaniel’s Drop of Sun Studios to give guts and flesh and color to the skeletal demos he’d made at home. They turned first to “Hey Bog,” a tune Avey had been tinkering with since he wrote it to have new material for a rare live performance years earlier. The inquisitive electronic meditation—all tiny percussive pops and surrealist textures at first—slowly morphs into a gem about surrendering cynicism and accepting the world a bit more readily, the call buttressed by trunk-rattling bass and spectral guitar. It feels like a lifetime map for new possibilities, encapsulated in nine absorbing minutes. The plot for 7s, then, was set: trusting, intuitive, exploratory collaboration among friends, after a Winter without it. These songs are like overstuffed jelly jars, cracking so that the sweetness oozes out into unexpected shapes. Still, the sweetness—that is, Avey’s compulsory hooks—remains at the center, the joy inside these Rorschach blots.

    If Animal Collective has forever been defined by its charming inscrutability, Avey surrenders to a new intimacy and candor with 7s. Take “The Musical,” a bouncing ball of rubbery synths and wah-wah guitars that contemplates what draws someone to sound and how turning that calling into a profession can alter the source. “I can hear the mountains singing,” he counters with an audible smile wiped across his face, painting a postcard of his home amid one of the United States’ folk hubs, “and I do believe they could do that forever.” Obligations aside, this is a self-renewing love, he realizes, the source as captivating as it was the first time. “Have you ever felt a thing and known that’s how you felt about it all along?” he ends this guileless love song for everything.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Invisible Darlings
    2. Lips At Night
    3. The Musical
    4. Hey Bog
    5. Sweeper’s Grin
    6. Neurons
    7. Cloud Stop Rest Start

    Avey Tare

    Down There

      ‘Down There’ is the debut solo album from Animal Collective member Avey Tare.

      Recorded in 2010 at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York, with fellow Animal Collective band member Deakin.

      ‘Down There’ is a world of nine songs from Avey Tare. His first official solo full length carries you through a murky world of sound, an alien death world of soul grooves that is both honest and otherworldly.

      Take a ride on this haunted boat and let yourself be guided through deep sloshy rhythms, waterlogged bass and moonlit breaks in the canopy that reveal a crisp crystalline pop buzz.

      TRACK LISTING

      Laughing Hieroglyphic
      3 Umbrellas
      Oliver Twist
      Glass Bottom Boat
      Ghost Of Books
      Cemeteries
      Heads Hammock
      Heather In The Hospital
      Lucky 1

      Avey Tare

      Cows On Hourglass Pond

        Avey Tare, aka Dave Portner of Animal Collective, announces the new album ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’, which was recorded between January - March 2018 by Dave Portner at Laughing Gas in Asheville, NC on a Tascam 48 half-inch reelto-reel tape machine and mixed by Adam McDaniel and Dave Portner at Drop Of Sun Studios in Asheville, NC. The album follows the 2017 release of Avey Tare’s ‘Eucalyptus’ and 2018’s audiovisual album ‘Tangerine Reef’, a collaboration between Animal Collective and avant-garde coral macro- videographers Coral Morphologic.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Frenetic melodies and cavernous vocal reverb work their way around the slo-mo funk and psychedelic melodies, leading the listener on a stylistically varied and fascinating journey.

        TRACK LISTING

        What’s The Goodside?
        Eyes On Eyes
        Nostalgia In Lemonade
        Saturdays (Again)
        Chilly Blue
        K.C. Yours
        Our Little Chapter
        Taken Boy
        Remember Mayan
        HORS_

        ‘Eucalyptus’ is the new studio album written and produced by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare.

        Recommended listening for dawn or dusk. An electroacoustic movement through leaves, rocks and dust. Written on sunlit bedroom afternoons in Los Angeles, practiced in the dark early hours of the California twilight and slept on under Big Sur skies.

        Recorded by Animal Collective’s Deakin (Josh Dibb), featuring chamber orchestration arranged by Eyvind Kang, musicians Angel Deradoorian and Jessika Kenney.

        TRACK LISTING

        Season High
        Melody Unfair
        Ms. Secret
        Lunch Out Of Order Pt. 1
        Lunch Out Of Order Pt. 2
        Jackson 5
        DR Aw One For J
        PJ
        In Pieces
        Selection Of A Place
        Boat Race
        Roamer
        Coral Lords
        Sports In July
        When You Left Me

        Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks

        Enter The Slasher House

          ‘Enter The Slasher House’ is the debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, released on Domino.

          Comprised of Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon), Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks unites Avey Tare’s songwriting abilities with Deradoorian’s melody lines and Hyman’s flexible rhythms.

          The band could be described as a monstrous and nightmarish jazz power trio inspired by campy horror movie themes.


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