“Animal Collective on Halloween” is a reductive way of summarizing the vibe of Avey Tare’s new band with members of Ponytail and Dirty Projectors. Debut Welcome to the Slasher House leans on a decidedly more bumptious sense of rhythm, laying on greasepaint murk, dinky pop, and cheap sound effects thick. There’s a Haunted House silliness to the whole shebang – if you can’t crack a smile during “Little Fang,” get help – that makes it easier to digest than, say, anything on Centipede Hz or Merriweather Post Pavilion, which felt earnest almost to a fault.
Sat., Oct. 4, 6 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 1, 2014