Friday, May 20, 2011

The Cave Singers - No Witch (2011)

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As I mentioned in my review of the Fleet Foxes United Palace show, I had been inspired by the few songs I had heard before from Seattle folk trio The Cave Singers to buy No Witch. Now I've been inspired again, this time by their energetic and just downright good live performance, to share it.

No Witch is the kind of album that pretty much begs to be listened to. An infectious guitar rock/folk hybrid, it's an album with equal parts sing-a-long melodies, toe tapping drive, and good old fashioned easy listening. No Witch takes its time, allowing you to really listen to what's going on; to fully revel in Pete Quirk's delightfully raspy voice, some tasty guitar licks, and the occasional guest instrument like melodica in "Haller Lake" and harmonica in "Haystacks".

After witnessed The Cave Singers rather rambunctious live performance, the laid back attitude of No Witch was a bit of a shock but no less enjoyable. There's something to be said for a band who know the value of restraint and The Cave Singers do it well. From the caravan travel stylings of "Outer Realms" to the vaguely electronic "Faze Wave", the trio certainly aren't afraid to step out of the box with their songwriting resulting in much more diverse album that sacrifices absolutely nothing to be good. Check out No Witch and more importantly The Cave Singers, you won't regret it.

And if you need a bit of convincing, watch this live video of The Cave Singers performing "Haller Lake" on KEXP:

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