The third solo album from Animal Collective co-founder Avey Tare is very much a continuation of the sound he established on 2017’s ‘Eucalyptus’ - a stunning blend of acoustic instruments with warped sound effects and a psychedelic production.
It’s a dreamy delight from the very start, with opener ‘What’s The Goodside?’ setting an early benchmark. Soft, harp-like strums and a simple, lo-fi beat move the song along while signature woozy vocals recount his latest acid fantasy (“we’re getting old now, babies are for milking”, anyone?). The song reaches a wonderful climax at the midpoint, when an acoustic guitar is introduced to the mix before the six-minute journey falls apart in a blissed-out conclusion.
‘Nostalgia for Lemonade’ is another highlight, with synth whirrs and an eerie organ creating a curiously sad, but powerful hook that has Avey yearning for “my only lemonade.” Lead single ‘Saturdays (Again)’, meanwhile, is a more briskly paced rendition of the acoustic-guitar-and-echoed-vocals formula that acts as the crux of the album, and serves as a great summation for the record as a whole.
These trippy soundscapes might sound like nothing more than bedroom experimentation if it were not for the uniquely melodic vocal work and spaced-out production applied to them here. Frequently unintelligible, and downright bizarre lyrics only serve to add to the personality of his genre-bending music. Ultimately, ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’ is a new kind of psych-folk that Avey Tare can proudly call his own.
With new album ‘Cows on Hourglass Pond’, Dave Portner proves just how effective you can be when you keep things simple.
New album ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’ is released on Friday.
It’s taken (boy) from new album ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’.
His album ‘Eucalyptus’ came out earlier in the year.