Birthed in the fertile ground of wide-screen instrumental rock and psychedelia, and raised on the efforts of true groundbreakers like Godspeed You Black Emperor, the Massachusetts quintet Caspian has crafted a new hybrid within the burgeoning instrumental rock scene.
Taking a page from the post-rock playbook, and adding a profound sense of dynamics, the band crafted its latest effort, “Waking Season,” into an epic length treatise on sonic mysticism.
The three-guitar attack allowed Caspian to craft dense harmonic mini-journeys that, through deftly employed musical “images,” tell a story and suggest a journey into some sort of ethereal space of the head and heart. Which is to say that “Waking Season” sounds best played loud, ideally through a solid pair of headphones, in a distraction-free environment.
We’ll be able to hear how this material translates to the live environment when Caspian brings its “Waking Season” tour to Soundlab (110 Pearl St.) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $13 (Ticketweb.com). Fans of Explosions in the Sky and Russian Circles, be there!
– Jeff Miers