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Review | The Cave Singers – Naomi

[S]eattle has been churning out one fantastic band after another for quite a few years now and The Cave Singers added themselves to the musical map of the area back in 2007, after signing with Matador Records and releasing their debut album Invitation Songs. They released Welcome Joy on Matador in 2009 and signed with Jagjaguwar in 2010 for the release of the third album No Witch, needless to say it’s been a busy few years for the band. The momentum keeps going with the release of the their 4th album Naomi, out today March 5th, on Jagjaguwar. The boys…

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New Music | The Cave Singers – Easy Way

[T]he Cave Singers are yet again releasing another record this year, the new record titled Naomi, will release March 5th.  It’s their 4th record, and they get a boost in newly added bassist Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Blood Brothers). Though ever present is lead singer Pete Quirk’s raspy, throaty voice that is the heart and soul of this band, and its on display on the first single off Naomi, “Easy Way,”  a song that feels quite a bit like the sound of Seattle back in the 90’s. Not quite grungy, but a straight ahead, driving track with shimmering guitars, a…

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New Music | The Cave Singers – Have to Pretend

[C]heck out a new track from The Cave Singers, which will appear on their upcoming record, Naomi on 3/5/13 on Jagjaguwar. Naomi, could prove to be an excellent effort seeing as acclaimed producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Shins, Modest Mouse) is involved. “Have to Pretend,” the first single is a polyrhythmic track that employs a doo-wop kind of feel, gang harmonies and singer Pete Quirk’s trademark vocals and delivery.

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Review | The Cave Singers – No Witch

Black Leaf
Swim Club

Seattle folk trio, The Cave Singers, released a new album entitled No Witch.  Excitedly I’ve got my first taste of the album back in December, after ‘Welcome Joy’ I was a big fan of the music these guys were making.  When I put it in, it started as a continuation of Welcome Joy but noticed something different the further into the album.  This is literally the Cave Singers’ rock album.  In previous efforts they are likened to the soft gray foggy days of Seattle, and now they have seemed to come under the full moon of the night transformed into a ferocious beast (see black leaf) that bites.

Normally speaking we are all  hesitant to accept such changes, especially when they have done something you love.  The further you listen to it, you realize this new ‘edge’ fits the band really well.  They’ve added another dimension to their sound without completely abandoning what they did in prior efforts.  This album adds a bit of swagger to their normally relaxed folk affairs.  Songs like ‘Black Leaf,’ ‘Faze Wave’ & ‘No Prosecution If We Bail’ all show off this newfound swagger and attitude, and lush sounds like ‘Swim Club’ and ‘Distant Sures’ keep the band grounded in what has gotten them to this point.  What keeps this release grounded is how well the album is crafted, it sounds beautiful, the songs are intriguingly written, and give off an off an almost transcendental, feel to it.  Altogether, its a reaching, branching out album that doesn’t feel like The Cave Singers have tried something they can’t do.

No Witch feels like an album where a band is stretching its space and carving out their very own niche.  It could easily be confused as a slumped album, where the band didn’t know which direction they wanted to go.  I don’t see it this way with No Witch.  I see expansion that puts this album in the hands of more than just the folk-lovers in us.  Its an album that successfully bridges multiple tones.  Give this one a few tries, I’m quite certain it will grow on you.

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