Sometimes a record comes along that is so perfectly suited to a certain mood or situation that it’s hard to associate it with anything else. CoCo Beware, the debut full-length from Brooklyn quintet Caveman, is a perfect example: an album of hazy, light-as-a-feather jam-rock so summery you can almost smell the BBQ smoke and feel the breeze coming off the ocean. Unfortunately, the fact that it is being released digitally in the middle of a particularly miserable September means the likelihood of it soundtracking any lazy, windows-down jaunts to the beach is pretty low, at least for a few months. Still, I doubt the band themselves had much to do with the scheduling (physical release in November? Come on?!), and it’s not easy holding a grudge when immersed in something this laid-back. The group are currently on the road supporting The War On Drugs, and after one listen to CoCo Beware, certain similarities between the two units are plain to see; vocalist Matthew Iwanusa may sound somewhat detached, and with many tracks propelled by Stefan Marolachakis’ tribal drumming the album occasionally gives off something of a post-punk/ Krautrock vibe, but any sharp edges are softened by warm, fuzzy guitars and close campfire harmonies that evoke the stoned nonchalance of ‘70s AM rock whilst also recalling indie-pop contemporaries like Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective.
Listen: “Old Friend” http://www.girlieaction.com/music/caveman/downloads/Old_Friend.mp3
CoCo Beware is available digitally September 13th, and will be released physically by Magic Man!/ ORG Music on November 15th