I guess I might qualify as a fan of Animal Collective. Their last album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, was great. But sometimes they get a bit too experimental, too ambient, too droning, or too noisy, giving the listeners little in the way of beats and melodies they can shake their booties to. But I’ll be curiously anticipating the band’s next album, though until such a time we can occupy ourselves with the solo-efforts by some of the band’s members. Such as Down There, an album released October last year by Avey Tare, who’s arguably Animal Collective‘s main vocalist.
From what I’ve read it was apparently created while, and probably as a product of, Avey Tare’s feelings of depression at the time. The music itself is certainly not cheerful, and many critics have pointed out that it has a certain murky, swampy feel to it – which might be why the album’s (gorgeous, I might add) cover is that of an alligator or crocodile. I didn’t enjoy the album all that much myself, except for the great opening track, which is this week’s pick.