The Cave Singers @ Sail Inn
Drawing heavily on folk and blues, The Cave Singers hail from the woody Pacific Northwest and play a rock 'n' roll reflective of that region's geography — and of distant ones, too, though geographies no less American. There are a bevy of bands finding common ground between Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta — rockers like Ladyhawk and Deer Tick, mellower dudes like Fleet Foxes. The Cave Singers have shown a progression through a number of ideas on 2007's Invitation Songs and 2009's Welcome Joy, and their latest is last year's scrappy No Witch; it boasts a sound that's more filled out and expansive than what's found on the band's earlier releases. Perhaps that's reflective of the involvement of producer Randall Dunn (Black Mountain, Sunn O))), Boris). Dunn's more experimental pedigree suggests a whole lot of noise and fuzz might cushion No Witch's songs, but it doesn't — the closest the album comes to that milieu is on the album's droney exit tune "Faze Wave." Appearing as the album wraps up, though, the song comes across more as an outro to the entire experience, a gentle bring-you-down after the more-complex-than-you'd-expect interplay between Pete Quirk's off-kilter vocal delivery and Marty Lund's drumming. And a tune like "Black Leaf" is a standout, with its organ flourishes, stomping rhythm, and vocals delivered in an ecstatic Jim Morrison/David Eugene Edwards state. No nonsense here.
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