If you haven’t heard of the band Caves, then you definitely must be living in one. Based in Saskatoon, SK, Caves is a highly prolific indie band composed of Peter Grier, Stephen Cooley, Angus Dickin and Jeremy Kiss.
From 2012 to 2013, Caves has released six albums: Caves, Hot Gas Vol. 1, Secretly Dead, Extra Foods, Young & Dumb, and Idle Worship. The band’s most recent album release, Idle Worship, is a well-appreciated pun for “idol worship.” Featuring eight tracks in total, the album has quirky song titles that range from ‘Lucid Basement,” to ‘Blackmail Preacher.’
The lo-fi pop tracks are trance-like in quality, and Grier’s mellow vocals float over the instruments; and “Nirvanaman” is a perfect example of this. Starting off relatively cool and somber, the track ends with heavy instrumentals that belies its mellow beginnings.
Despite the track’s dearth in vocal time—being predominated largely by instrumental music—the few times that Grier does sing, he nails it. The lyrics themselves paint a gloomy picture: “I want to be empty / Will you please burn all of my belongings?”
The album is a definite must-play for long road trips or for times when you need to wind down and detach yourself from the world.
Have a listen to a few of my favourite songs from the new album: