Release: Singles 2007-2013

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With a sound that feels like a minimalist's take on psychedelic Krautrock, Cave have become a band known for their incredibly tight, Motorik grooves. Given how efficient Cave's sound is, it would be easy to think that what we've heard from the band is all there is, but with Release: Singles 2007-2013, listeners are treated to the opportunity to see a relatively looser side of Cave. Made up of cuts that didn't quite make it onto their previous efforts, Release gathers 4-track recordings from throughout their time together, capturing all of the various lineup and stylistic changes the Chicago transplants have made over the intervening years. This acts as something of a mixed blessing for the album. Because it's made up of disparate 2000s recordings, it lacks the uniformity and purposefulness that make records like Neverendless and Threace such a pleasure to listen to. This also means, however, that Release has a more unpredictable flow to it, with each song acting as its own microcosm of the Cave universe. While the songs here all work, and even work as an album, they don't quite work like a Cave album. Fortunately, as a collection of forgotten odds and ends, Release doesn't have to fall into line with the rest of their discography, though the fact that even their forgotten 4-track tapes and VHS masters work better as an album than some band's first choice material is a testament to Cave's songwriting prowess and stellar musicianship.

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