It’s rather a surprise to find this Washington/Seattle harmonica brandishing trio was in fact borne from the disbandment of Pretty Girls Make Graves.
Since their 2007 formation, The Cave Singers have been signed to Matador, releasing two records with the New York label before signing to Jagjaguwar in June of last year; and with whom they now release No Witch.
Perhaps best known for their lo-fi production, distinctly ’70s tinge to their songs and composition fluctuatation between fiddle accompanied hoedown folk to infectiously messy guitars, Pete Quirk’s urgent and energetic vocals and vibrant percussive experimentation they are yet another successful product of the Seattle music scene.
Opener Gifts and the Raft jigs its way through a toetapping country hymnal with rhythmic fiddle, only to make way for a darker, heavier edge which the band delve into as the record spins out. Similar to the kind of harmonica folk-rock hybrid at which The War on Drugs excel, the Cave Singers prove their capacity to make compellingly timeless sounds that marry the lush and layered harmonies of Laurel Canyon with thunderous progressive post-rock.
Amazon (UK): No Witch