Avey Tare (a.k.a. David Portner) released his solo debut, Down There, in 2010. It spoke in swamp to a cloud of critics that lamplighted it for intense, dark, heavy, experimental and soggy sound motion.
I'd say the album blows you off the sunset field to a forgotten place, a favorite memory of an abandoned house enlivened with all the eccentricities you dreamed were draped behind the broken paint chips and board. If you're not familiar with Avey Tare's performance over the last decade as founder in the group Animal Collective, then Down There is a foreign place — perhaps even sublime and frightening, like standing on the moss cliff behind the waterfall; but once your ear adjusts it sounds beautiful.
In late 2011 Avey Tare announced a tour for his second album (some say official solo album) that's still in the works. Public Herald stopped at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh to showcase a +Creativity piece about this inspiring artist's new experiment.
Disclaimer: I'm not sure what the new song titles are, so I've used arbitrary names.
The new songs, with respect to the previous album Down There, lived through the deluge and floated from the swamp to a ripe gleaner's forest. Things here are not so soggy, the sun came out for awhile and a sculpture of umbrellas sits against the trunk of the oldest white pine in illuminating primary color.
My advice...lean forward.
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