Single Reviews: Cave Suns’ ‘Shallow Water' / 'The Phrygian Flow’
Newcastle earthpop rockers Cave Suns are an extremely determined bunch.
They’ve taken on the challenge of coming up with new music every month and they certainly didn’t disappoint with their latest additions ‘Shallow Water and 'Let The Phrygian Flow’.
The first of the duo, ‘Let the Phrygian Flow’ is a powerful blend of sounds; an instrumental track presenting a solitary and mournful guitar which strips off its modesty as it is accompanied by piercing and impressive solos.
It soon becomes apparent that this jam represents an epic showcase of the band’s musicianship, accompanied by heaps of fuzz and static effects.
The track is a strong precursor of the band’s feel of doom and gloom that it has injected the second track…
The song in question is ‘Shallow Water’ which starts off with a bassline that gives me goose bumps (the
good kind); it is slow, it is low and very very mean.
Dark and brooding, the melancholic melody continues until a guitar kicks in and I am instantly transported to stoner rock heaven.
The singing is morose and soulful as it breaks into the lyrics: ‘‘Islands- slowly fade away. Edges- they dip beneath the waves’’, all while hard-hitting drums dictate a crawling pace that gives this song its nasty character.
When tracks like this come along, it really does confirm that rock is very much alive here in the North East and that many bands, including this one, are continuing on that legacy with gusto.
In conclusion, ‘Shallow Water’ / ‘The Phrygian Flow’ encompasses two powerful tracks that are not only brilliantly executed, but also extremely difficult to ignore.
While describing this latest release, Cave Suns have stated: ‘‘We promised to up our ante, get ourselves in the game, and share what we are and this is what we’ve made’’.
So far, they have provided listening material that is more than worthy of being checked out, which is why I would highly recommend them and I’m equally as enthusiastic about their future ventures in the coming months.