Berlin-based post rock trio Caudal complete a loosely connected trilogy of albums with Fight, Cry, Fight. This one is released through Drone Rock Records, whilst previous albums, Forever In Another World and Ascension were released on Oaken Palace Records and Consouling Sounds respectively. Whilst you can expect their usual post-rock/krautrock experimentalism, here they come via more concise songs. It was expertly mastered by John McBain. Regardless of the facts laid bare here for you, this is probably worth buying for the cover alone.
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Post-rock in the extremes of low-key, Caudal will lead you to believe they’re about to do something propulsive and off-the-charts before just keeping on with what they were essentially doing already. Therefore: tension, but also comfort. ‘Fight, Cry, Fight’ is the sound of a band looping some ideas around in a jam and seeing what comes out, making their music sound additive, not narrative: guitars flicker with a couple more notes, dynamics stutter and then recur, synths whine. The whole thing, just, continues.
The way they’re set up, you’d think they were Causa Sui on autopilot, taking certain cues from prog (those drums) and others from krautrock (also those drums), keeping implications and directions shtum. When they break into the occasional new passage, it feels entirely shocking, nearly breathtaking, considering their discipline: on “Flourish” they come out of a nobbly rhythm into a wonderful, sparkly section, later combining them into one unified forward-momentum jam.
This record isn’t going to set your heart on fire but it is going to stay steady with it, and occasionally beat a little faster with it. Fans of the new, kinder on the ears prog bands of now, plus panorama krautrock bands like Last Ex, should get a lot out of this often majestic wallpaper groove.
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