On their two previous efforts ('12's CoCo Beware
and '13's self-titled album), Brooklyn-bred band Caveman
have offered music that's something akin to sonic meditation, turning slowly on glassy synths, folky harmonies, and dressed up in somewhat exotic-sounding accoutrements. Around here we've always lovingly likened it to "vibe music, man"
But on their upcoming album Otero War
the band have deliberately left the weird, dare-to-be-different world of indie rock and landed in more classic sounding territory. In doing so, high school mates Matthew Iwanusa, Jimmy "Cobra" Carbonetti, and co. may have found what Caveman was always supposed to sound like. "80 West", "Never Going Back", and "Human" hit in a much more immediate way, referencing time-honored touchstones like Springsteen, Dire Straits, and Fleetwood Mac, as well as contemporary pedal stompers like The War on Drugs and Future Islands.
The band recently hit our outpost at EAR Studio in Austin TX with the three singles they've used thus far to tease the new album, and I swear to god, if Caveman isn't a big freakin' deal by the time we close the books on 2016, something is seriously wrong with all y'all. Otero War
is easily one of our most anticipated releases of the year. And so we say in all seriousness, all hail the mighty Caveman in this spectacular new session!