Album review: Caveman - Caveman

17:00, May 14 2013
Caveman - Caveman
Caveman - Caveman

CAVEMAN
Caveman
(Shock)

There are moments of melodic and cleverly arranged promise in this New York indie five-piece's follow-up to 2011's CoCo Beware (which this reviewer quite liked as a slow-burner but which mostly smouldered beneath the radar) but the band's tendency to sand the edges off their tracks with synth-washed soundscapes prevents most tracks from blossoming, let alone bear any fruit.

The repetition of building each track to a crescendo using that layered synth becomes tedious, detracting from layered mid-album highlights Over My Head and Pricey whose great reverbed guitar lines and thoughtful change-ups are drowned by that familiar cadence.

Caveman - Caveman
Caveman - Caveman

While herds of indie bands trample the American music scene savannah, Caveman may well have the smarts to feed off the stragglers and has probably enough sparks to light a campfire... but they're a long way off from reinventing the wheel.

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