Who's up for some B-sides and loose ends? Hopefully, Cave fans: these kraut-psychers released their colourful new record 'Threace' last year, and they're following it up with a record of unfinished ideas that didn't have anywhere in particular to go. 'Release' brings together tunes that didn't quite fit on anything else the band has cooked up thus far, which, for Caves, is an exciting prospect: it's the sound of a chaotic band letting go of a hundred ideas at once.
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Repeato-rockers CAVE have won a place in all our hearts with the three LPs and three EPs they've dropped so far, and here's a career-spanning LP which mops up singles and splits along with an unreleased outtake from their recent 'Threace' LP which is quite vocal-heavy and sounds surprisingly like Cable. The bulk of these tracks are from the late '00s though, and since they were recorded for singles they display a more concise and often noisier approach than the measured weed-infused kraut-psych jams found on their albums.
A collaboration with Bobby Conn from 2008, 'Bobbyshash', provides an early highlight, a juggernaut of a riff that chugs along with breakneck momentum with some wailed vocals from Conn which bursts into a neon riot of splattery guitar leads which explode in Oren Ambarchi-ish colours as the rhythm section chug with increasing speed towards the inevitable car-smash ending. The synth-heavy gallop of 'The Ride' is another highlight, with the guitars taking a back seat to layers of drones and buzzes and a bloopy synth pattern which again accelerates towards the climax. The funky 2011 jam 'Party Legs' is fun too, particularly when they get into a great syncopated groove towards the end from the drums and organ.
This is much more than just an odds and sods collection - it captures CAVE at their most energetic and immediate, and gives a glimpse of the band in all their various incarnations over the years. The three tracks from '08 stand out but the whole LP is solid, and in many ways much more fun than their most recent full-length proper, which I found workmanlike but underwhelming after the career-high 'Neverendless'. My one gripe is that the packaging seems a bit half-arsed and bootleggy-looking - a plain white sleeve with a sticker on it and a photocopied A4 insert. No complaints about the tunes themselves though.
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