When I heard that the husband/wife team of Avey Tare (Animal Collective) and Kria Brekken (Múm) were going to be teaming up for an official collaborative release, it sounded like a pretty crazy idea. Given the loose and experimental nature of both bands, the audio possibilities seemed virtually endless. Would it be instrumental? Would it be electronic? Would it even be listenable? Now that the album, Pullhair Rubeye, has found its way onto the net, the first two questions can be answered: the songs were recorded entirely with guitar and piano, some instrumental and some with vocals. The third question is little harder to answer.
When the record first leaked online, fans noticed that long segments of the songs actually sounded like they were being played backwards and at different speeds. In an attempt to be helpful and restore the music to its proper form, people began the process of reversing the songs and correcting the pitch. Little did they know that these adjustments were undoing how the album was intended to be heard in the first place. Avey Tare recently responded to the situation on the Animal Collective message board (Gorilla vs Bear has the entire post if you want to read it). It's kind of a fascinating situation, as fans can now choose how they prefer to listen to the album. Personally I like it just fine with all the backwards stuff in it; some of the songs seem less compelling than others, but mostly it reminds me of Múm meets Sigur Ros or something along those lines. I'm sure it will sound boring and aimless to many, but I think it was worthy of being released.
Pullhair Rubeye will be available through Paw Tracks on April 24th.