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Avey Tare | Cows On Hourglass Pond | Album Review

Domino Recording Inc.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Avey Tare just released his new album Cows On Hourglass Pond. The Animal Collective alumn created an experimental exploration between faded guitar tones and social commentary.

These influences don’t detract from Tare’s own voice, as he is able to develop a varied set of tracks. Some cuts, like “Nostalgia in Lemonade,” feature sparkling synthesizers joined by swelling basses and lightly arpeggiated guitars that establish an ambient atmosphere throughout the record.

Other songs like “K.C. Yours” and “Saturdays (Again),” are livelier, the former containing a driving drum groove accompanied by soaring guitar lines, while the latter similarly contains some chorused-out guitar solos. Both kinds of tracks still feel tonally broad enough to establish the album’s characteristic tone.

The lyrics of the record emphasize this reflective tone, as cuts like the aforementioned “Saturdays (Again)” examine a deep-seated, social consciousness of the day Saturday itself. Tare himself explains to Consequence of Sound that the lyrics to this track explore “how rituals create emotion.” The rest of the album similarly incorporates this attitude with tracks like “Remember Mayan,” which further reiterate that melancholy tone with lyrics that describe a subconscious dream state. 

The only way in which the record falls flat is that the first tune, “What’s the Goodside?,” fails to utilize some of those more interesting instrumentations and beats, making it feel a bit more aimless in an otherwise deliberate record. 

Cows on Hourglass Pond is a refined, sensational record that offers something new to the audience on each listen.

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