Following the release of CoCo Beware, Caveman took themselves off to New Hampshire, writing and demo-ing. They'd originally introduced themselves as a band with a penchant for the psychedelic, but the songs they created in its aftermath had a confidence and quality that reached far beyond what they had, individually and collectively, back in 2011.
In James Carbonetti, Caveman have a guitarist who is renowned across New York's muso fraternity as one of the finest guitar builders in the city, hand-building his own instruments from scratch. His studio is a renowned hang-out hub for local musicians, and the band can often be found there listening to records and talking shop. On their new record, the guitars he hand-builds remain an integral part of the band's sound, meshing seamlessly with their dream-like synth sounds and propulsive percussion.
There are cursory nudges in the latest record to Slowdive's expansive sonic sound encased around these gorgeous shimmering pop songs. The driving synth lines, and triple layered guitars have created something exciting and instant, with Iwanusa's vocal (a member of the MET opera in his youth) another crucial component to the song, an instrument in its own right.
The band's critically acclaimed self-titled sophomore album is out now on Communion.
UK/EU dates as follows:
May 20 - London, Lexington
May 22 - Glasgow, Broadcast
May 23 - Manchester, Dot to Dot Festival
May 24 - Bristol, Dot to Dot Festival
May 25 - Nottingham, Dot to Dot Festival
May 27 - Opwijk, Belgium, Nijdrop
May 29 - Primavera Sound
May 31 - Primavera Sound