Cave Singers are one of the more authentic and respectable acts on the overpopulated indie-folk scene today. In a market that is saturated with bearded fleet foxes wannabes, these guys offer a fresh perspective on the whole modern-Americana genre that seems to be gaining so much steam at the moment.
Their latest offering 'Naomi' draws more from country and Americana styles than the more acoustic flavors of traditional folk (favored by bands such as the ever awesome Fleet Foxes and early Bon Iver), it retains a real old-timey 60's blues feel to it, but with a fresh twist of enthusiasm and passion that is lacking among so many of their peers.
Now. . . in all honesty, this album almost sounds like one big long song. It occasionally meanders slightly from its bluesy groove into more straightforward power-chord based rock, but these are the moments when the band are at their weakest. Cave Singers have discovered a sound of their own, and they are happy to stick rather rigidly to it. However, what these guys lack in diversity, they more than make up for in pure talent and passion.
Lead singer Pete Quirk is the sprinkling of magic dust that really manages to lift the band above mediocrity. With a voice somewhere between Van Morrison, Robert Plant and a white gospel preacher (if such a thing exists), his soulful croon effortlessly transforms what would be an otherwise slightly-above-average Americana album into something more spiritual.
With some juicy guitar licks courtesy of lead string-man Derek Fudesco, and a solid rhythm section that neither overpowers nor hides behind the other instruments, Naomi sounds like a rock n roll album that has been dragged through the roots of America, soaking up all of its rich musical minerals. Fans of Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket or older acts like The Band and Canned Heat should find something in Naomi that appeals to their musical tastes.