Avey Tare and Kría Brekkan
Pullhair Rubeye


3.0
good

Review

by ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ USER (5 Reviews)
April 28th, 2007 | 23 replies | 10,131 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: .elpoep sdrawkcab morf cisum sdrawkcaB

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

So far, the various members and incarnations of Animal Collective have been a driving force behind independent music of this decade, with fairly popular and acclaimed releases such as Sung Tongs and their most recent, Feels. Combining campfire folk with oddball experimentalism and a knack for melody, members such as Avey Tare and Panda Bear have made a cozy nest for themselves in the scene, and will likely remain there for quite some time.

Then comes 2007, a year which has brought us a solo album and a collabarative effort from these two gentle young men. Bear has given us Person Pitch, an album filled to the brim with influences, ranging from Brian Wilson to various electronic artists, creating a vast cornucopia of sounds that seem to clash in a strangely harmonious way. Tare and his wife, Kria Brekkan (of Mum fame) give us Pullhair Rubeye, an excursion into the uncharted world of reversed music.

It sounds like, at the least, an interesting concept: record an album of acoustic guitar, piano and voice and flip it over. Not a single note of music here is left untouched, making for an thirty minute collection of alien midwest songs. "Opis Helpus" best represents the droning ambiance that one would assume Avey and Kria were trying to create, as instruments swirl and voices mingle and fade back and forth. Brekkan's vocals here sounding like chirping birds from a mushroom trip (as they do on much of the album), furthering the Zen-like feel of the album. With "Who Wellses in My Hoff" and "Lay Lay Off, Faselam", a somewhat more melancholy and depressive tempo is introduced, both feeling as if they are dragging a dead cherub on the back of a covered wagon.

Despite how interesting the music may be on Pullhair Rubeye, there are points where the backwards masking becomes arduous. Such is the case with songs such as "Palneka" and "Sasong". While the former is an instrumental which seems to repeat the same figure ad nauseam, the latter is a showcase of Kria's strange, chipmunk vocals that are actually rather humorous. Imagine if Alvin swam in a canal full of talking turtles with fluorescent shells and top hats.

Upon reversing Pullhair Rubeye, one will discover that it is not so strange after all. Peculiar vocals and extraterrestrial sounds become rather standard Animal Collective fair; strummed, airy acoustic chords and emotive and sometimes out of key singing, piano, and the addition of Brekkan's vocals to compliment it all. This brings about the unanswered question as to what possessed these individuals to dramatically change a collection of songs. Was it out of pretense, or merely a random (perhaps misinformed) thought that was the cause of this? Whatever you decide to blame or thank for Pullhair Rubeye, what we know for sure is that people are going to do whatever they want. As along as they do this, I will listen.


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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2007



17920 Comments


i mean they got some rough hoes on that team i mean those are some nappy headed hoes right there

iarescientists
April 28th 2007



5863 Comments


Imus say, good review.

The Jungler
April 28th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I need to look for this.
Do you know if it is possible to find right-ways (non-backwards) versions of the album? It would be cool to have both.

Slaapkamers
April 28th 2007



596 Comments


Yeah, you can probably download a version which someone reversed. I just did it with Audacity.

The Jungler
April 28th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool.

Amazon is selling this with Person Pitch for like $26, so I might get that. I want a hard copy of Pitch anyway.

pulseczar
April 28th 2007



2385 Comments


your mom ◘_◘
this doesn't sound vurrry appealing tbh but omg eliminator is back so who cares

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2007



6094 Comments


Very good review.

Slaapkamers
April 28th 2007



596 Comments


Well they have it on their site but that's pretty much just Amazon..

plane
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2007



6094 Comments


I hate them for it. Their UK website lists direct stores, so I don't get why the US one doesn't. I had to google the store specifically through the mall and call it make sure I wasn't going in looking for a cd that wasn't there.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2007



6094 Comments


So this is better than I thought it'd be. The people over at Pitchfork are crazy to give this a 1/10.

Slaapkamers
May 12th 2007



596 Comments


yep.

brandtweathers
November 16th 2008



2007 Comments


So this is better than I thought it'd be. The people over at Pitchfork are crazy to give this a 1/10.
word. give it five years and they'll be sucking on their 'boldness' and 'courage' like everyone did to vu

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2010



15019 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2KqVijpMM&feature=PlayList&p=D9BAAB6E3346A542&playnext_from=PL&index=3

this schmitty dude or whateve rhas a playlist of avey tare + kria brekkan concert, recommended watch/listen

Bleak
August 2nd 2010



258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really really love this played forward, so I'm not sure what to rate it exactly.

merriweather
October 27th 2010



619 Comments


Wtf this got probably the lowest rating on Pitchfork I've seen...

merriweather
October 27th 2010



619 Comments


"indeed, plenty of computer-savvy fans have already "fixed" Pullhair Rubeye, and-- what do you know-- in its original form, it's a damn nice album."

They admitted this and still gave the album a 1 just because of the reversed...
I've got to check this out.

ShyGuy
October 27th 2010



143 Comments


They gave Sonic Youth's NYC Ghost and Flowers a zero xD Well-deserved at that

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2011



15019 Comments


they divorced isn't that like sort of really sad!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyYr-lEyiE&feature=related

this whole series of live videos is great

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2011



15019 Comments


opis helpus and lay lay off are ridiculously good

and i find this album actually very enjoyable in its original/reversed form. 2:06 of opis helpus.....

darnielle
July 5th 2011



221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like the album art



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