Animal Collective have always presented themselves as, well, a collective so it's surprising that one of their most prominent song writers, David Portner (or Avey Tare as he'd rather be known), hasn't released a proper solo album until now. I say proper because he did release an album with his wife, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, back in 2007 where all the songs played backward. Anyway, Avey Tare released his solo album, Down There, this week on Animal Collective's own label, Paw Tracks, and his first single, Lucky 1, has been circling for a few weeks. His solo stuff sounds basically like all the songs he is responsible for in Animal Collective; the slower, experimental, psychadelic, less pop ones. It's pretty great but I was hoping more from it, hope it's a grower. However, Lucky 1 is a brilliant song and you can see the video below. Avey's bandmate Panda Bear also releases his solo album, Tomboy, soon. We'll just wait to see which one is better. Here's that video of Lucky 1, as promised earlier, for your enjoyment:
You can download the track for free at RCRD LBL.
Also in Animal Collective news, they will be curating next year's only ATP festival. It takes place at Minehead's Butlins and takes place between the 13th-15th May. Bands already announced include Lee "Scratch" Perry, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and the fantastic Zomby. I may or may not cry over the fact that I cannot go.