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Cows On Hourglass Pond

Avey Tare

Cows On Hourglass Pond

Third solo album of experimental music from Animal Collective member was recorded on a '80s Tascam 48 half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    The best tracks are among his strongest and the entire record finds Portner opening up the gates of noise and abstraction that can cloud his productions just enough for listeners to get a better look at his mysterious but friendly world as it evolves
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A hazy ode to bucolic road trips through the American backcountry that sees experimental fervour tempered with low-key placidity
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  3. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Required listening for Millennials scared of turning 40 but even more afraid of the alternative
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    A new kind of psych-folk he can proudly call his own
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's a work of elegant simplicity - a suite of wistful and slightly breathless songs set to dreamy tropical guitar and muted lo-fi beats. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Despite a miss or two, with Cows On Hourglass Pond Tare will likely appease even the most weary AnCo audiences, stringing together an album that is sonically ornate, scintillating, and poetically metaphysical
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  7. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    The final section of the album does the best job of creating a sense of cohesion that truly requires a record to get right
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  8. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Nearly every track is built from the ground up, using a rhythmic pulse that is then layered onto,creating a branching like structure as the songs evolve and expand.
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  9. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Delicate whispers and creepy crooning are a near-perfect match for such blissful and nocturnal music
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  10. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Dave Portner’s latest solo excursion stakes out a middle ground between the exterior and interior, between direct melodies and the oblique music they float on
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  11. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Fans of Animal Collective, Avey Tare and the psychedelic sound they are so strongly identified with will find much to enjoy here
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  12. 6.0 |   The 405

    Hourglass Pond is an off-balance album. If you played the album to someone who didn’t know Avey Tare had a new album, it would be very unclear where it belongs in his discography. Containing numerous elements from his career, it has a bit of an identity crisis
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