Chicago quartet Cave’s new album Neverendless is appropriately titled: its five lengthy songs each lock into a groove and stay there until they wear it out. But whereas contemporaries like Wooden Shjips are spearheading a new wave of psychedelic minimalism, Cave’s music is an altogether hairier beast. Taking its cues from the bloated excesses of ’70s prog-rock, the full-length follow-up to 2009’s Psychic Psummer is a collection of immense, sprawling jams, with Rex McMurray and Dan Browning’s supple but muscular rhythm section providing a steadily pulsing backdrop for Cooper Crain and Rotten Milk’s impressionistic guitar and keyboard solos. More Focus than focused, perhaps, but like fellow travelers Oneida, Cave understand that Krautrock is about more than just droning synths and strict timekeeping. Take for example opener “WUJ”, which ticks along nicely for three and a half minutes on a metronomic Dinger-beat before accelerating into an almost-metallic punk riff-o-rama, or “OJ”, whose hopping rhythm and swirling organs sound like an LSD-spiked Booker T and the MGs trying to soundtrack a drum & bass rave. With tracks like “This Is The Best” clocking in at nearly quarter of an hour, the band’s marathon workouts can get a little tiresome, but when they are obviously having such fun, it’s hard to begrudge them a few indulgences.
Watch: “WUJ” (video) http://www.dragcity.com/artists/cave/videos/92
Neverendless is out now on Drag City