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CASPIAN – Dust And Disquiet
Label:Triple Crown Records
Release:September 25, 2015
Style:Post Rock/Instrumental Rock
CASPIAN is a post-rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts. Since introducing me to the genre of post-rock with their 2012 album Waking Season, post-rock has become one of my favorite genres, Waking Season has become one of my all time favorite albums, and CASPIAN became a band I anxiously awaited a new release from. That happened three years later, with Dust And Disquiet. The album starts off withSeparation No. 2, a beautiful intro that builds up using quiet guitar chords and what sounds like muted trumpets. This leads right into Rioseco, a song that continues to build on the theme from the previous track, but in a darker and more mysterious way. However, it never loses its beauty, and it is a true post-rock song with slight twinges of country and a pulsating heaviness towards the end. Throughout the album, the band retains their trademark beauty and atmosphere by way of instrumental, ambient, and ethereal music. The sounds are reminiscent of a movie soundtrack, and provide many images in the head of the listener. Arcs of Command is a much more upbeat and progressive sounding song, reminding me of sleepmakeswaves. Echo And Abyss brings back some of those muted trumpet sounds from the first two songs, but also contains the band’s first incorporation of clean vocals and screams in their musical career. This leads way to Run Dry, a country like ballad complete with clean guitars, and an extremely catchy chorus. Equal Night is a piano interlude, leading into the incredibly beautiful and slightly uplifting Sad Heart Of Mine. Darkfieldis an electronic influenced piece reminding me a lot of 65daysofstatic. The album then goes into a 2 minute classical guitar interlude before concluding with the title track, a piece of music that is sure to become a post-rock classic. CASPIAN took a lot of chances on this record. They incorporated sounds they had never used before, and they pushed the post-rock genre as a whole to new heights. I applaud the band for this stellar release, and I hope to see it bring the band some much-deserved success.
(Link to the original on Nocturnal Hall Magazine can be found here).