Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan
Much of the early coverage surrounding this album focused on whether or not they were actually going to release the album in reverse and how disappointed those were that had heard the songs prior to their reversal. Well as pressed copies arrive and, yes they all seem to be backwards, it's time to step back and judge the album for what it is. Though the fundamental idea isn't exactly revolutionary, the reversed album does make for a rather interesting psych-pop listen. The hypnotic sound of reversed percussion creates a constant that laps at the pieces like ocean waves. The vocals are removed from their center stage position and relegated to instrumental elements and meaning dissolves from their delivery. Still the most effective pieces tend to be the instrumental ones; rhythmic and swirling like life flashing by in hasty reverse. The simple charm of the original tracks can still be felt underneath the guise of the novelty and honestly the tracks still hold that charm in their present form. The couple still seems to play off one another with ease, maybe this is just one way to let you closer into their own inside joke. I suppose the test time will serve to see if the experiment falls by the wayside.
[MP3] Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan-Palenka
[MP3] Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan-Was Onaip