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Invitation Songs Import

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000UGG594
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Kesler on November 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Let say what I don't like about Invitation Songs by the Seattle based Cave Singers ... right up front and foremost, the album opens sounding for all the world like Lindsey Buckingham, especially on the first three tracks [with "Dancing On Our Graves" being the most offensive, where I swear Mick Fleetwood is sitting in on percussions], and is no doubt subconsciously why so many people are going to be drawn this bit Laurel Canyon contemporary folk songs that go down easy as pre-rolled California pop.

With that out of the way, what's presented here is lushly fresh and haunting, both vocally and atmospherically, and filled with enough background texturing and surprises to hold your attention for years to come. The music is driving, yet in a slow measured cadence manner, rolling on with perfection and grace, an aspect that's missing in so much acoustic guitar based music, songs that seem to be filled with endless sloppy string chirping that I find myself more often than not, dismissing the music with a wave of my hand ... but not here.

The Cave singers have magically managed to take what sounds like vintage folk songs, songs filled with dramatic imagery, and presents them with a grainy jangling edge that lets them sound retro and new in the same breath, one where seams are pulled together so tightly it's nearly impossible not to recognize the flawlessness as much as the the songs themselves. I doubt this would be possible were it not for the band's punk and flannel backstory ...
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Format: Audio CD
I absolutely love this record. This is without a doubt one of my favorite releases from 2007. It is simple in arrangement yet very deep in tone, vibe, and melody. I just saw these guys live in Austin and they do a great job of reproducing the vibe live. Highly recommended!
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I first bought the No Witch CD and loved it immediately, so I then bought Invitation Songs. This one took a little longer to get into, but I'm definitely into it now. As with No Witch, they play interesting instruments and the singing is fantastic. If you want to see video of them playing songs from this album, look them up on KCRW, Morning Becomes Eclectic. They do a fabulous set from 2007, and you learn a little of their background. If you like what you see, get their CDs and spread the word. My fear is that they will disband from lack of support. I can't believe they're not that well-known (as of this date). Gotta change that.

10/15/2011 Additional Note: On NPR's website, you can listen to the Cave Singers' performance at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. It's fabulous! Thank you, KCRW and NPR.
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