Avey Tare is often considered a manic, crazed experimentalist. His tenure being one of the principle frontmen of the massively popular indie rock/experimental bands Animal Collective has done him well. Yet where he really shines is on his solo work. Thankfully, this past Tuesday the Echo in Los Angeles was graced with his presence and uncanny attitude for creating lasting music.
Opening up the sold-out show was an experimental group called Paradot. A duo consisting of Jodoli and Liminals, the two are based out of our very own Los Angeles. The band took the stage circa 9 PM with thunderous applause and began concocting a myriad of noises that grew and grew, and grew some more. Trying to classify their music is a bit of task, yet experiencing their music live is nothing less than a treat.
The band performed tracks such as “Vulture” and “January”, both of which cast a sonic spell over the listener. With one of the members hiding behind a suitcase lid and the other dressed in all black, the band remained mysterious and ominous throughout their entire set. Fans of David Lynch and early Flying Lotus will adore Paradot.
Avey Tare and his comrades took the stage around 10:15 PM with a massively loud crowd clapping and cheering. With a soft bellow of purple light splashed against the stage, Tare began. The lighting was dim, making it difficult to see the stage, yet knowing Tare he probably requested such – electing to make the intensely listen to the music and keep their eyes by the wayside.
Tracks such as “What’s the Goodside?’ and “Nostalgia in Lemonade” off his latest album ‘Cows on Hourglass Pond‘ began the night’s setlist. As the night progressed, the crowd seemed to keep their attention fixed on the stage and their hips casually swaying.
Shuffling between bass, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar, Avey Tare showcased his musicianship and dedication to his craft. A cow mask on his mic stand provided comic relief while also helping to promote his latest release.
Tare closed the sold-out night at the Echo with “Taken Boy” and “K.C. Yours”. Even though it’s been a bit since Animal Collective has taken any sort of stage, Avey Tare’s solo creation will be gracing stages across the southwest for the next week or so.