Ever since seeing them open up for Fleet Foxes, I've been eagerly awaiting news of a new tour from Seattle folk rock trio The Cave Singers which pretty much waiting until they finished up a new album. And considering they had just released No Witch that year, that could've meant years of waiting. Thankfully, that's not the case. Cave Singers retreated back to their native land to work on some new tunes, occasionally venturing out into the Northwest and Midwest for the occasional show/mini-tour while working on that new album.
But with the release of their fourth full length imminent and just from the first single off of it, all those months of East coast neglect seem entirely worth it. "Have to Pretend" is like a more laid-back "Black Leaf", inspiring dance but less frantically so. Instead it rolls on with a rather simple, charismatic beat, some harmony play, and Peter Quirk's trademark rasp. And despite it's rather simple structure, Cave Singers prove they're no amateurs occasionally deviating from the track's casual plod.
Welcome back Cave Singers, I expect a tour immediately. Listen to the new track "Have to Pretend":
The Cave Singers' fourth studio album Naomi is out March 5th on Jagjaguwar.