Fitting in somewhere between American folk music and indie rock, The Cave Singers' debut LP, Invitation Songs, is a welcoming introduction to the band. While it is hard not to say, "Hey, this is comprised of an ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves person as well as some other Northwestern band alumni (Hint Hint, Cobra High)," the group tries their best to make a new sound and name for themselves. Fortunately for us, and them, they have done just that.
The mellow opener, and first single "Seeds Of Night," is simple, yet soothing and sets the pace for the rest of the record. Picking up the pace a tad on "Helen," The Cave Singers almost sound as if they are singing to themselves rather than an audience. That's not to say that it is bad at all, rather that it comes across honest and intimate. Part of the reason it does this so well lays in the fact that the band self-produced the record, along with the aid of Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Pretty Girls Make Graves).
"Dancing On Our Graves" is a haunting tune that has a repetitive Americana guitar backed by a steady driving drumbeat. Then there is "Cold Eye," which plays more like an earthy lullaby rather than a punk inspired folk tune. The organic "Elephant Clouds" is a pleasant surprise, spotlighting the band's warmth and somewhat melancholic side.
If what you are looking for is a replacement/same sounding band as Pretty Girls Make Graves, that's not what you are going to get with Invitation Songs. However, if you are a fan of anyone from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Handsome Furs to Woody Guthrie (yes, Woody Guthrie) do yourself a favor and check out The Cave Singers.
"Seeds Of Night"