Dangerously engaging

Murky, gloopy and distinctly moist, Dave Portner has stepped out of his world of the Animal Collective to engage in some reptile isolation. His debut solo album is obsessed with the swamp and its crocodile.

Aquatic, mysterious and sloshing with deep rhythms, it’s an experimental aside that sees him retain the signature vocals of his day job with lots of glowing reverby falsetto but dive deeper into bass and layered electronic musings.

Half the tracks see the beats surface into formed drums but for the rest the stratification and distortion takes the sound field to new places. Dangerously engaging.


Words by Matthew Bennett


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