Cave: Psychic Psummer LP
The first CAVE album, "Psychic Psummer," is back in print after years out of it. Questing listeners can once again drop the needle on the launch-pad moment where CAVE came into their own, evolving into a collective capable of full-length mastery. Their expertise in collating trippy dance jams of all colors started here, leading to further evolutions and triumphs on their subsequent releases Neverendless, Threace and last year's Allways.
"Psychic Psummer" was made not long after CAVE migrated to Chicago from Columbia, Missouri, and it reflects the hectic loft-style of the their punk/DIY/house show days. Recorded after a tour that went bust, leaving them stranded in NYC, and a subsequent period of silence where everyone involved considered what next, the sounds of "Pyschic Psummer" were the sounds of a band essentially starting over, and are totally in line with what we know to be THE BEST about CAVE.
Ten years on, these are radical early soundings of their trademark studio style, with relentless tempo-keeping, drone-fascination, keys and neat- cut arrangement/production, alongside guitars and bass often in overdrive plus dubby, aggro'd- out chanting in and out of the mix. Fusing their fascinations with soaring energy, CAVE covered lots of ground while making an oddly timeless album. Hopefully this Psummer's the endless one!