Down There (album)

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Down There
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2010 (iTunes)
RecordedJune 2010
StudioGood House, New York
LabelPaw Tracks
Avey Tare chronology
Pullhair Rubeye
Down There
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
BLARE Magazine3/5 stars[2]
Clash (magazine)8/10 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound4.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media(7.9/10)[5]
SPIN7/10 stars[6]

Down There is the debut solo album by Animal Collective member Avey Tare (David Portner), released worldwide on October 25, 2010 on Paw Tracks. The album was recorded in June with Animal Collective bandmate Josh Dibb (credited as Conrad Deaken) at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York.[7] "Lucky 1" was officially released for download as the first single on October 5, 2010.[8]

Musical style[edit]

Down There is a darker album compared to other contributions that Portner has made. The entire album has a "watery" feel to it, almost as if the music is being played in a swamp. Flowing water, animal sounds, and clips of distorted human conversations can be heard within the majority of the songs on this album.

The two tracks "Heather in the Hospital" and "Lucky 1", which appear towards the end of the record, were once envisioned as one song grouped together. Portner then decided to split the tracks into two separate pieces after recording, earning their separate titles, respectively.

Track listing[edit]

1."Laughing Hieroglyphic"6:49
2."3 Umbrellas"2:43
3."Oliver Twist"4:19
4."Glass Bottom Boat"1:42
5."Ghost of Books"4:48
7."Heads Hammock"3:35
8."Heather in the Hospital"3:18
9."Lucky 1"3:23


  1. ^ Bush, John (October 25, 2010). "Down There - Avey Tare". AllMusic. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  2. ^ "REVIEW: Avey Tare – "Down There" «". October 19, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
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  4. ^ "Album Review: Avey Tare – Down There « Consequence of Sound". Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Album Reviews: Avey Tare: Down There". Pitchfork. October 25, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  6. ^ Beta, Andy (October 25, 2010). "Avey Tare, 'Down There' (Paw Tracks)". Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  7. ^ "Avey Tare "Down There" press page". October 25, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "Listen: New Single From Animal Collective's Avey Tare". Pitchfork. October 4, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.