Written by Fense
Listening to Get On With It by Caves (MySpace), I cannot help but be reminded of a hyped up young Seattle group called Natalie Portmanâ€™s Shaved Head. While there are several differences in the music the two bands create, I get the impression that Caves are to Portland what NPSH is to Seattleâ€”a local hype group a ton of people get excited about.
Both include that soundâ€”you know, the catchy and pointed guitar riffs, the flashy synth and keyboard lines. Itâ€™s artsy pop that clashes funk with elements of modern disco. Hell, thereâ€™s even a hint of that trait that made Vampire Weekend so big about half a year ago (though, Iâ€™ll argue that Caves utilizes the same elements of ska much more effectively in that they are extremely subtle and almost nonexistent; I never could get into VW).
Get On With It remains consistent for a band that, until fairly recently, considered themselves heavily influenced by shoegaze. These roots are virtually gone and rarely surface on this release. One exception is closing track â€œYou (Plus) Meâ€, in which a space-y guitar drone makes a welcome appearance. Not surprisingly, the song does lack much of the hype aspects of the rest of the album, but it is excellent nonetheless.
As a whole, the album flows nicely. Unlike many artists, they donâ€™t crowd the beginning with their top songs; instead, theyâ€™re spread throughout the album. â€œClosureâ€, while not nearly as upbeat and dance-ridden as other tracks, is a major highpoint for its laid-back swagger; there are plenty of upbeat tracks viable of the highpoint label as well including opener â€œCuriosityâ€, â€œI Liedâ€, and â€œMetaphysical (Letâ€™s Get)â€.
Get On With It probably wonâ€™t go too far beyond the Pacific Northwest (this in no way means the album is worthy or qualified or good enough to do soâ€”itâ€™s merely a side thought), but I can see Caves blowing up and entering the national independent music scene in the near future.
Caves: Curiosity [mp3]
Self-Released [CD, 2008]
2. Get On With It
4. I Lied
5. Rock You To Sleep (Manic)
6. Optimist, Pessimist
7. Metaphysical (Letâ€™s Get)
9. Without Thinking
11. You (Plus) Me