During the first week of January 2021, Avey Tare began making regular drives to his friend Adam McDaniel’s Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, NC to give guts and flesh and colour to the skeletal demos he’d made at home the year prior.
The plot for ‘7s’, Avey’s fourth solo album, was set: trusting, intuitive, exploratory collaboration among friends, after a Winter without it.
These songs are like overstuffed jelly jars, cracking so that the sweetness oozes out into unexpected shapes. Still, the sweetness – that is, Avey’s compulsory hooks – remains at the centre, the joy inside these Rorschach blots.
If Animal Collective have forever been defined by their charming inscrutability, Avey surrenders to anew intimacy and candour with ‘7s’.