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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Paw Tracks
  • ASIN: B0041NZNCW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Down There is a world of nine new songs from Animal Collective's Avey Tare. His first official solo full length carries you through a murky world of sound, an alien death world of soul grooves that is both honest and otherworldly. Wait for sundown and turn it up loud. Take a ride on this haunted boat and let yourself be guided through deep sloshy rhythms, waterlogged bass, and moonlit breaks in the canopy that reveal a crisp crystalline pop buzz. Down There was recorded in the month of June by old friend Josh Dibb (Deakin) at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Marlow on January 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Considering the amount of reviews for projects by other members of Animal Collective (certainly Panda Bear's undeniable 'Person Pitch'), I was surprised to find how few there were for Down There. While the album may not have had enough time to make a splash at this point, it is well worth the listen for fans of Avey Tare and other associated Animal Collective members.

Before purchasing, I spent a few minutes reading reviews elsewhere [than Amazon] online, and many were at least politely negative, while others were quite harsh. Even a positive review mentioned 'wordless vocals' and somehow made the whole thing sound more like an experiment than the polished, thematic whole that I'm hearing on my end. In my mind, what Avey has done here is incredible.

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Where 'Person Pitch' (sorry, but the comparison is somewhat helpful/inevitable) took the grassroots, tribal sound of Animal Collective in a shimmering sunlit direction, 'Down There' uses those same distinctive elements to create a dark and swampy world, one that is perhaps more personal and revealing than the nonstop all-encompassing positivity of Panda's album. Here Avey invites us to wander in a beautiful, mysterious soundscape populated by all manner of unseen characters and chirping electronic beings. The mood that is created here is nothing less than arresting, and the theme is so atmospheric that at times Avey's voice feels like a will'o'wisp, pulling the listener along a path while myriad curiosities float by just out of sight on either side. Much of the album feels like tentative exploration into a foreign and potentially dangerous land; these are followed by places that one wants to linger, beautiful moments of clarity and discovery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorden Fay on February 19, 2011
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Who knew what was going to follow the AC breakout album MPP. Luckily Avey had not run out of musical ideas. His debut solo album, Down There, was released nearly 4 months ago with barely any recognition or praise from alternative based music publications. So I was eager to find out how much attention and how many ratings had been awarded on amazon.com. Unfortunately, it seemed to have reflected it's overall media impact. I would be interested in knowing how many copies have been sold since it's release.
The album:
both the first track - Laughing Hieroglyphic
and 3 Umbrellas were the first two songs to move me and cause me to
cry. I've never experienced this kind of emotional reaction from listening to music. I had never felt the pain heard by Avey's voice in the first song, and i've never heard anything so happy and wonderful as the 2nd track. The agony and joy found in his voice is so human, so beautiful and sad that when I really focus solely on the music, all I could do was cry. Some of the tracks on this album are pure genius [masterpiece]. track 1, 2 and 5 alone, make this one of the best records ever, the songs left over are not nearly as good to me. this is such amazing album, just give it a listen. You'll find yourself singing along on the first song, not remembering when you had felt such emotion come through the music. Hopefully you will come to value this album as I have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole R. Edwards on December 14, 2010
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Down There is a step away from Animal Collective but in a wonderful new direction. Theres somewhat of a darker feel, but with Avey's chanting voice and haunting background sounds, Down There takes you into another world. A big fan of AC, and Avey and Panda's side projects, I highly suggest you check out this album. On a rainy overcast day, this album is glorious!
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Avey Tare's 2010 solo record 'Down There' is an album that focuses on individuality rather than a broader topic such as a past relationship with a girlfriend or a larger group of people. Avey Tare, (David Portner), mastermind and ringleader of the experimental rock group Animal Collective released 'Down There' with the expected help of bandmate Josh Dibb, AKA Deakin. 'Down There' is a very unique listen, as it focuses on one single dreamscape, a murky swamp. This dreamscape carries itself throughout the entire album. Portner successfully keeps this murky swamp-feel consistent on every song. Upon the release of 'Down There', Animal Collective fans expected a lot from Portner. Noting his previous high success with Merriweather Post Pavilion, fans of the band expected some new and experimental work. Although Portner was successful in experimenting with new genres and sounds, he experienced some unfortunate events whilst creating the songs for this record. Portner divorced his wife, his sister contracted cancer of the tear ducts, and his grandmother passed away. Some of these events carry themselves out onto certain songs specifically, although the entire record is built around these unfortunate events. Prior to the release of Down There, Portner would dress up as a crocodile to promote his new record. This acted as a way to separate himself from the happiness of his regular life and as a way to reflect on the events he was living through at this time. Opener "Laughing Hieroglyphic" opens up with distorted sample vocals and an electric accordion, followed by a simple electronic drum beat and Portner's aching vocals. Playful "3 Umbrellas" kicks in with a keyboard and bass that gets swallowed up into the mix.Read more ›
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