By Steve C.
Down There is the first official solo album from Avey Tare (Dave Portner) of Animal Collective. Avey Tare uses a unique blend of
shadowy harmonies and experimental beats to create his own brand of psychedelic pop. He has long relied on fellow band mate Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) to add the finishing touches to the atmospheric soundscapes associated with previous Animal Collective albums, most notably The Merriweather Post Pavillion, but with Down There Avey Tare sets himself apart . Down There is notably dark & menacing (stemming from several personal losses/setbacks suffered by Portner), and contains abstract lyrics and sounds that are, in fact, inspired by Alligators, yes, the reptile. Down There provides the listener a personal perspective on the creativity and madness of Avey Tares’s contribution to the musical juggernaut know as Animal Collective. This album is a must listen for anyone remotely interested in Animal Collective or Panda Bear. Noah has since moved into to working in the marketing community, specifically focused on being a world famous SEO reseller.
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