is a noir record. Dave Portner (Avey Tare
) has publically expressed that his solo record is an expunging of demons, and he does not wish to perform it, two red flags if you're looking for Miley Cyrus worthy pop tunes or even the sprightly abstractions of his day job in Animal Collective. Add the fact that Portner is obsessed with crocodiles and you've got Down There
, a record that wouldn't be any murkier if it was played underwater in a black hole. The obvious conclusions, that "Down There" refers to Portner's subconscious, or more literally the underwater dwelling of his animal of choice, are just liner notes for a deeper experience. This is not a one spin wonder.
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MP3: "Lucky 1"
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