EP REVIEW: Cave Painting – You’ll Be Running Soon

cave painting you'll be running soon

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The acoustics of Cave Painting’s EP certainly attest to being recorded in some large, echo-encouraging space in the wilderness, and they do work in fairly broad strokes. Playing within the borders of that paradoxical sort-of lo-fi, arena-rock sound – y’know, everything sounds very “widescreen”, but it’s an old, cheaper CRT telly rather than unnecessarily flashy HD; think current Foals, not U2 – across a quartet of songs where percussion and falsetto vocals take centre stage, with high-note guitars and sprinkles of keyboards make up the supporting cast.

Verging between chill-out ambience and tropical (that’s “world music” dressed up by people who are made uncomfortable by the term “world music”, even in this post-Vampire Weekend musical landscape) rhythms with effortless cool and ease, Cave Painting keep things dynamic enough without ever compromising their sound. There’s a palpable sense of high drama to the proceedings, but altogether more reserved and subtle than contemporaries who may be mining influences from a similar era.

Basically, if Wild Beasts got their collective nose out of the top-shelf material, their collective mind out of the gutter, put on some nice clothes and bought a bouquet of flowers, they might sound a little like this.



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