The Cave Singers CD reviewed by Troy Brookins

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The Cave Singers CD reviewed by Troy Brookins
Oct 10, 2007, 17:30

The Cave Singers - Invitation Songs

THE CAVE SINGERS Invitation Songs CD

The Cave Singers are a three piece that drop backwoods Appalachia via Seattle. Here they've crafted a haunting debut that's authentically spiritual and moving. Singer Pete Quirk channels both Lindsey Buckingham and Mike Scott with a nasal twang, delivering songs that are both personal and introspective. The biggest surprise may be former Murder City Devils / Pretty Girls Make Graves bassist Derek Fudesco's contributions on guitar. His work immediately stands out on the opening tracks by adding some weight to the stunning “Seeds of Night” while anchoring Quirk's vocals with some adept finger picking on both “Helen” and the foot stomping tempo of “Dancing On Our Graves.” This sets the mood for an American gothic experience that brings a fresh approach to a genre that few have been able to capture so genuinely while offering a unique observation that sounds like nothing you've heard before and yet resonates with a touch of familiarity. It's the balance of the two that sets Invitation Songs apart from those who sound as if they're just going through the motions. [Matador]

-Troy Brookins

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