If you haven’t heard of the band Caves, then you’re definitely missing out on some seriously good tunes. Based in Saskatoon, Caves is a highly prolific indie band composed of Peter Grier, Stephen Cooley, Angus Dickin, and Jeremy Kiss.
In the span of a year – from 2012 to 2013 – Caves has released six albums: Caves, Hot Gas Vol. 1, Secretly Dead, Extra Foods, Young & Dumb, and Idle Worship. The band’s most recent release, Idle Worship, is a well-appreciated pun for “idol worship.” Featuring eight tracks in total, the album has quirky song titles that range from ‘Lucid Basement’, to ‘Blackmail Preacher’.
The lo-fi pop tracks are trance-like in quality, and Grier’s mellow vocals seems to float over the instruments; ‘Nirvanaman’ is a perfect example of this. Starting off relatively cool and somber, the track ends with heavy instrumentals that belies its mellow beginnings.
Despite the track’s dearth in vocal time – being predominated largely by instrumental music – the few times that Grier does sing, he nails it. The lyrics themselves paint a gloomy picture: “I want to be empty / Will you please burn all of my belongings?” Paradoxically, a listener to the track may claim that the bleak lyrics provide substantial comfort during bleak times.
The album is a definite must-play for long road trips or for times when you need to wind down and detach yourself from the world.