Release Date: Sep 20, 2011
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
This Chicago outfit gets up to some fascinating playfulness on this, the group’s third full-length. Opening with the freewheeling, feathery fist-in-the-face “WUJ”, a track driven by a propulsive throb that calls to mind Hawkwind and Neu!, the five-song platter never relents in its stunning and ceaseless need to drive listeners somewhere, anywhere. Much credit has to be given to the rhythm section of Dan Browning (bass) and Rex McMurry (drums) who offer those driving elements with the thankless consistency of a trusty washing machine.
CAVE's newest album is all movement. The first quick, rhythm-dominated moments of opener "WUJ" propel Neverendless forward. The Chicago psych collective has likely been studying up on krautrock for a long time, and it dives headlong into that territory with a motorik drive, bass grooves, and Neu!-reminiscent synths. It's a lead track that knows how to build-- beginning with a sparse canvas, over the course of seven minutes it maintains a steady groove while adding and switching out layers.
Built through careful repetition and patience, Cave deliver another blast of obsessive, motoric psychedelia on Neverendless. In a lot of ways, the band is reminiscent of a more restrained Oneida circa Each One Teach One, taking one idea and slowly and subtly building upon it in an effort to explore every permutation of any given riff. Rather than spiraling off into a “Sheets of Easter”-style acid trip, Cave tend to play things closer to the vest, only letting loose when it’s absolutely necessary and not a moment sooner.