After three albums and nearly a decade together, instrumental post-rock quintet Caspian has honed a musical identity that makes them members of a club filled with similarly moody, orchestral-rock bands like Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor (GYBE). And while it's a sound that seemed to burrow underground for much of the mid-2000s, lately there's been a resurgence of this kind of sonic deliberateness -- heard in a rapturous and much-discussed five-day stand from GYBE in New York last year, and in recent work from bands like Sigur Ros and the xx.
The upcoming release from Caspian edges them ever closer to the most well-known of instrumental rock groups -- deliberately. The band spent a year making Waking Season, recording and mixing the record with producer Matt Bayles -- best known for his work with heavier outfits like Mastodon, Isis, and the proggier group Minus the Bear.
"Waking Season," the album's title track, is a slow burner, and a clear introduction to the group's strong new statement. Listen to the song exclusively here, and watch the album trailer below. Waking Season comes out on September 25th.
Gretta joined Soundcheck in 2010, having spent several years as a freelance radio documentary producer. Her stories on birders, fishermen, nurses, performance artists and even the Yale Whiffenpoofs have aired on a variety of outlets, from WNYC's Studio 360 to APM's The Story. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University and studied radio production at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was a cellist in the rock band Cursive from 2001-2005.