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Ears & Fingers 4/11/13

by Jason Leger

Caveman – ‘Caveman’

Shimmering, introspective and smooth as hell, the eponymous sophomore effort from New York’s Caveman will have any listener indulged in a 48-minute dream world. Lush layering, tasteful rhythms and soaring melodies define the album from beginning to end. There are hazy lulls and searing peaks, but it is clear that an idea rife with anthemic glimmer was the intention. Some songs on this album are inescapable. Closer, “The Big Push,” at first listen seemed repetitive, but around the third spin, something strange happened, I was singing along. It’s infectious. Several songs from “Caveman,” like “Shut You Down,” “Over My Head,” and “Pricey,” have this similar groove which digs down into the ear and isn’t easily shaken. Personally, the highlight of the album is the single, “In The City,” which was released online a couple of months ago. One listen to this song excited me for the album. Reminiscent of ‘80s gods Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, “In The City” is a song that can be played on repeat daily, and never seems to get old. That really applies to the majority of this album; if you’re looking for a party, look elsewhere. However, if winding, cascading anthems appeal to your palette, look no further. “Caveman” is out now via Fat Possum Records.

Generationals – ‘Heza’

“I could not remember. I took a hammer to my head. I cursed the walls around me. You said, ‘It doesn’t matter.’” Remember that party I said to look elsewhere for in the above review? You would be safe landing on Generationals’ new album, “Heza.” These Louisiana boys know exactly what they’re doing. “Heza” is equal parts fun and intelligent, whimsical and bright, hazy and on point, Laurel and Hardy. While the album certainly contains plenty of dance-worthy jaunts, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a lighthearted affair. These songs contain heartache and introspection, as any good album should. “Every single night, you’ve got me aching all the time,” is the mournful hook on “You Got Me,” one of the album’s more comparatively pensive moments. “Put A Light On” and album opener “Spinoza,” are two tracks that I will have on spin through at least the entirety of the summer, but more than likely for a while to come. In an odd way, something about this album feels like home for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s not only because I have a lot of family in Louisiana, though that probably has something to do with it. There is something deeper. “Heza” is an easy album to connect to because of its poppy simplicity, but for me every song just feels familiar, like a bittersweet memory. I think—hope—this is also something that will come across to most listeners, because it’s something one can be hard pressed to find. “Heza” is out now via Polyvinyl Records, and be sure to catch Generationals June 28 at Vinyl Music Hall—you won’t be disappointed.