Chicago Krautrock Vets Cave Return With New Album Allways
Cave are, in my opinion, one of the very best bands to come out of the cottage industry of bands trying to build new sounds out of the fertile history of krautrock. (And this assessment leaves out their outstanding kosmische side project Bitchin’ Bajas.) Their sound is all muscular bass, nuance-but-noodling guitars and churning motorik drumming. It is a hypnotizing mix that has made their last few LPs records that never are too far from my headphones. They make the kind of music that seems so simple that you think “I could do that” before realizing that it is so much more than the sum of its parts.
After a hiatus of a couple of years, the band is back with the bright and expansive song “San’Yago,” which you can sample above. For a band who usually make songs more powerful than pretty, it is a surprisingly vibrant track that even features some backing vocals interspersed throughout the track. The song comes from their forthcoming “Allways” LP, which is out in October on Drag City. No word on a tour yet, but here is to hoping they hit the road behind the project and make a return visit to the Twin Cities!