|Dust and Disquiet (September 25, 2015)|
Album release: September 25, 2015
Record Label: Hobbledehoy Records / Big Scary Monsters / Triple Crown Records
01. Separation No. 2 3:09
02. Ríoseco 7:52
03. Arcs of Command 8:49
04. Echo and Abyss 5:45
05. Run Dry 4:36
06. Equal Night 1:57
07. Sad Heart of Mine 4:27
08. Darkfield 6:36
09. Aeternum Vale 2:08
10. Dust and Disquiet 11:26
÷•» Philip Jamieson — guitar, keyboards, synthesizers (2004~present)
÷•» Calvin Joss — guitar (2004~present)
÷•» Joe Vickers — drums (2004~present)
÷•» Erin Burke~Moran — guitar (May 2007~present)
÷•» Jonny Ashburn — guitar (August 2009~present)
÷•» Jani Zubkovs — bass guitar (2013~present) Produced by Matt Bayles.• Caspian present Dust & Disquiet, the band’s first full length since 2012. The band returned to Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts again with producer Matt Bayless (Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Isis) where they recorded the highly acclaimed Waking Season (“the Best Post~Rock Album of Year,” said SPIN Magazine in 2012). The result showcases a maturation of the quiet/loud dynamic that Caspian has been exploring since their debut EP, You Are the Conductor. The new album reflects the many moods of post~rock from the album opener with horns and a string quartet (“Separation No. 2”), riffs on the wilder, steel~eyed side of country (“Rioseco”), all the while staying true to its epic brand of build~and~release rock (“Arcs of Command,” “Dust & Disquiet”). Look for Caspian to headline across the US through the Fall of 2015. REVIEW
÷•» It may not seem it, but post~rock is probably one of the most competitive genres out there, particularly when it is of the instrumental variety. Bands such as Explosions In The Sky, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Mogwai or Mono are heralded as the unchallenged kings of the scene, yet beneath them lies an extremely fertile population of bands. The problem that bands who adopt instrumental post~rock as their chosen style face, is that it is difficult for many to stand out. Some probably even get written off before they have been given a chance, which is crying shame in most cases, and if you were to do this with Beverly, Massachusetts sextet Caspian, you would be doing yourself a terrible injustice.
÷•» It’s been 3 years since Caspian released any recorded material, and their fourth album ‘Dust and Disquiet’ couldn’t be a better return for the band. Their 2012 LP ‘Waking Season’ was a vast, sprawling body of work that showed Caspian were more than just another post~rock band riding the coattails of those we mentioned in opening paragraph, and garnered the band critical acclaim. That means that they had to go the extra mile on ‘Dust and Disquiet’, ensuring it built on the momentum created by its predecessor.÷•» ‘Dust and Disquiet’ starts with a warm welcome. The lush instrumentation that builds around the softly picked introduction of ‘Separation No.2’ greets you with tenderness, instantly drawing you into the album. They make their first real venture into a cinematic soundscape on ‘Rioseco’, which unfolds for 8~minutes through subtle moments of elegance through gloriously uplifting swells of distortion. They raise the velocity even further during ‘Arcs Of Command’, which has more in common with the metal end of the post~rock spectrum. The gargantuan riffs collide into one another over a cavernous drum sound, building suspense every chance they get, before collapsing in on itself with harrowing intensity.
÷•» While the majority of ‘Dust and Disquiet’ is instrumental, they include vocals on two tracks, most prominently on the sullen acoustic piece ‘Run Dry’. It works perfectly, but the beauty in Caspian’s delivery lies in their ability to evoke emotion without the need for vocals. They are able to break your heart on ‘Sad Heart Of Mine’, and create tension and terror in the final moments of ‘Darkfield’ purely with their refined playing alone. Each composition has been methodically arranged, pulling back to serene passages and elevating suspense in all the correct places, flowing with precision.
÷•» After the closing moments of the title track diminish, it is clear ‘Dust and Disquiet’ has surpassed its predecessor. It is an album that you can fully immerse yourself in, and one you can find a connection with that is rarely found in a largely instrumental piece of art. There is no question that Caspian have produced the best post~rock album this year. • http://punktastic.com/
By: Mark Martins
• It has been over a month now and this album is almost all I’ve been listening to lately. So many notes were taken and so many new things were discovered and that just made it more challenging to write this review. The objective was to write an impartial review and not to sound like a total fanboy, but I’ve learned that it’s impossible at this point. Dust and Disquiet is really THAT good.
• The album kicks off with the ‘Separation No. 2′, a beautiful and soothing lead into the first track. ‘Ríoseco’ starts off with an introspective melody until the heavy brooding guitars kick in and things take epic proportions. The beautiful melody follows, which calms everything down again making you feel like you are on the most peaceful place on earth while you hear the soft chimes in the wind and birds singing. At this point we might think: “Is it possible that they top this song?”. Well, just wait and see (or listen).
• ‘Arcs of Command’ is next. First the guitars, drums and bass fill in every little bit of sound that exists around you. You know something immense is coming. It slowly all comes together into greatness. Close your eyes. It gets under your skin, penetrates your bones. Your mind is blown. This is one of their most intense and one of their best songs ever. It has it all: the build, the melody, the ultra heaviness, the crunchy and chunky guitars at the end… It’s a true explosion of emotions. When we interviewed Philip Jamieson, he told us “When I’m in a fired up mood, ‘Arcs of Command’ really hits a lot of the right spots”. He was damn right! I need to hit pause at this point and have a cigarette. Wow.
• ‘Echo and Abyss’ is next. The first appearance of vocals. Heavy, dark, intense. Probably the most vocal driven track in Caspian’s history. The beautiful vocal melody before the catharsis is something to die for. Things take off with the screaming vocals, and then calm after the storm.
• ‘Run Dry’ shows us a different side of Caspian. The band is stripped down of everything except for vocals and an acoustic guitar. Very delicate melancholic and introspective. ‘Equal Night’ is the nice little piano interlude, which gives continuation and introduces the second part of the album.
• ‘Sad Heart of Mine’ was the first song to be released from Dust and Disquiet. It’s a shorter, more straightforward song. You have to love the dreamy and shoegazy vibe that the keyboards enhance. Having listened to this song out of context is definitely not the same as listening to it over the course of this album. It now make so much more sense.
• ‘Darkfield’ was the second song to be released. I feel exactly the same when listening to this as I did with the previous song. Its electronic intro leads to a dark, slow and steady build up with pounding drums. Then comes the outburst, the beautiful guitarwork and immense heaviness to kill it off. Caspian are really stirring up our emotions here.
• ‘Aeternum Vale’, which means “farewell forever”, is a great acoustic intro that leads us to the title track ‘Dust and Disquiet’. The last track on the record is a slowburner and a tearjerker. Sit back and relax. The melody slowly builds up while we listen to some voices in the background. The guitars really do a fantastic job in transmitting a sense of sadness, emptiness, departure and also hope. This is it. This was the great finale. This is goodbye for now, Caspian and I must say: what an epic ending!
• It’s great to listen to an album of such dimension where all songs have something different to say and hit all the right spots. It’s risky to say, but this might well be Caspian’s best and most complete work to date. It seems they’ve captured some of their very best ideas and emotions and did a superb job passing them along to the listeners. Dust and Disquiet is one of the most dense, emotional and epic experiences I’ve ever had with a record. • http://echoesanddust.com.previewdns.com/