11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Certainly to the relief of many who discovered the beauty of Cave Singers on 2007’s Invitation Songs, Welcome Joy finds the band staying the course, continuing to make spare, folk-inspired pop music. Though a slightly narcoticized ‘70s vibe is being channeled here, it’s more vintage Fleetwood Mac than, say, Vanilla Fudge, and the finger-picked guitars and the raspy, pinched vocals of Pete Quirk will also appeal to fans of Bon Iver and José Gonzalez (not to mention the Velvet Underground). Shimmering with glittery tambourines and rippling, hypnotic guitar-plucking, the Seattle band is on more sure footing this time around, keeping a tighter rein on the whole, and even use an occasional rocked-up tempo (“Leap,” “At the Cut”) to keep things moving. “I Don’t Mind” reminds us of the long-gone Miracle Legion, and that’s a very fine thing. Welcome Joy features special guest appearances by Amber Webber (Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Ashley Webber (Lightning Dust), and bonus track “Oh Child” is crushingly lovely, and worth seeking.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Certainly to the relief of many who discovered the beauty of Cave Singers on 2007’s Invitation Songs, Welcome Joy finds the band staying the course, continuing to make spare, folk-inspired pop music. Though a slightly narcoticized ‘70s vibe is being channeled here, it’s more vintage Fleetwood Mac than, say, Vanilla Fudge, and the finger-picked guitars and the raspy, pinched vocals of Pete Quirk will also appeal to fans of Bon Iver and José Gonzalez (not to mention the Velvet Underground). Shimmering with glittery tambourines and rippling, hypnotic guitar-plucking, the Seattle band is on more sure footing this time around, keeping a tighter rein on the whole, and even use an occasional rocked-up tempo (“Leap,” “At the Cut”) to keep things moving. “I Don’t Mind” reminds us of the long-gone Miracle Legion, and that’s a very fine thing. Welcome Joy features special guest appearances by Amber Webber (Black Mountain and Lightning Dust) and Ashley Webber (Lightning Dust), and bonus track “Oh Child” is crushingly lovely, and worth seeking.

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