US - New York - Full Moon 216 - 04/15/14
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Domino Recording Co. / Playground
"Slasher Flicks by name alone is not what it appears to be. Scrambled horror film soundtracks?
Not even remotely. A bunch of East Coasters making their quintessential LA album? No, more like escape from LA..." (according to
guitar-wielding lead singer Avey Tare)
Avey Tare's (a.k.a. David Portner) last (and first) solo effort, Down There (2010) was a challenging,
yet enriching experience. A flow of colourful sounds in all directions. Animal Collective's latest album, Centipede
Hz (2012) was (as usual) a likewise fantastic pallette of songs and sounds. Now Avey Tare's teamed up with keyboard player and singer Angel
Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors) and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail) for this Slasher Flicks project. A project dealing with sounds that,
according to Avey Tare "...come from a place that's not human." "Little Fang" is the first
single off Enter the Slasher House - which is an album we will return to next moonth.
In some way "Little Fang" makes me think of Gnarls Barkley. Or, an eerie, twisted and bent pop song off-off-Broadway of Gnarls Barkley.
Or, maybe somewhere between Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells, which means something near Danger Mouse's alley, or garden. But, mind you, a more
dangerous, or different (as in undeground, lo-fi, low-budget, more spooked) Danger Mouse. One might add MGMT as a related act as well.
"Little Fang" is fascinatingly catchy and weirdly dancable, and for sure is a nice taster from an album to check out. While you're at
it, you'd better check out the music video as well. Do the fang!
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