“The Musical” By Avey Tare

Avey Tare, the solo project of Animal Collective’s Dave Portner, will release his new album 7s on February 17 via Domino Records. Following three solo albums and one release under Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, 7s was recorded with producer Adam McDaniel (Angel Olsen, Archers of Loaf) at Drop of Sun Studios in Portner’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, and he describes the album as “a dreamy surrealist landscape.”  Avey Tare has shared two new songs from 7s – “The Musical,” with a video by Ellie Thatcher, and “Hey Bog,” with a visualizer by Abby Portner.

You remember how it was, don’t you, back in the Spring of 2020? Knowing so little about what any of us should do, so many of us crawled inside our quarters to find new obsessions or indulge the familiar ones, unencumbered by anything else we could do. At home in the woods on the eastern edge of Asheville, N.C., Avey Tare took the latter path, sequestering himself in his small home studio to sort the songs he’d written and recorded with friends in the instantly distant before times—Animal Collective’s Time Skiffs, of course, their astonishing document of communal creativity a quarter-century into the enterprise. He often worked there for 12 hours a day, tweaking mixes alone, save the birds and bears and his girlfriend, Madelyn. By Fall, though, it was done, so what next? How else should Avey now occupy himself in his cozy little room? The answer became 7s, his fourth solo album (and first in four years), an enchanting romp through the playground of his head. He wasn’t, however, going to do it alone.

During the first week of January 2021, Avey began making regular drives to his friend Adam McDaniel’s Drop of Sun Studios to give guts and flesh and color to the skeletal demos he’d made at home. They turned first to “Hey Bog,” a tune Avey had been tinkering with since he wrote it to have new material for a rare live performance years earlier. The inquisitive electronic meditation—all tiny percussive pops and surrealist textures at first—slowly morphs into a gem about surrendering cynicism and accepting the world a bit more readily, the call buttressed by trunk-rattling bass and spectral guitar. It feels like a lifetime map for new possibilities, encapsulated in nine absorbing minutes. The plot for 7s, then, was set: trusting, intuitive, exploratory collaboration among friends, after a Winter without it. These songs are like overstuffed jelly jars, cracking so that the sweetness oozes out into unexpected shapes. Still, the sweetness—that is, Avey’s compulsory hooks—remains at the center, the joy inside these Rorschach blots.

Avey Tare 2023 North American Tour Dates

3/23: The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
3/24: Lodge of Sorrows – Savannah, GA
3/25: Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
3/27: Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
3/28: Songbyrd – Washington, DC
3/29: First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
3/31: Market Hotel – Brooklyn, NY
4/01: Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
4/03: Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC
4/04: The Drake Underground – Toronto, ON
4/06: El Club – Detroit, MI
4/07: Sleeping Village – Chicago, IL
4/08: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
4/27: Henry Miller Memorial Library – Big Sur, CA
4/28: The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
4/29: HopMonk Tavern – Novato, CA
5/01: Polaris Hall – Portland, OR
5/02: The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
5/03: Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
5/05: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
5/06: Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
5/08: Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
5/09: Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
5/10: Casbah – San Diego, CA
5/13: Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA

Pre-order 7s by Avey Tare HERE


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