ARTIST: White Cascade
RELEASE DATE: 07/09/15
RECORD COMPANY: Deep Space Recordings
Fusing a collection of genres into one immense psychedelic maelstrom is no easy feat & many bands fail dramatically trying to make it sound relevant without losing its shoegazing flair. Not so of North Carolina based experimental space-gazing connoisseurs ‘White Cascade’. After 2 self-released EPs (White Cascade & EP2) this latest release entitled ‘Endless’ is the band’s debut full-length & marks the culmination of three long years worth of writing and recording. The 10 songs on the album incorporate elements from all over the musical universe – shoegaze, rock, dream-pop, funk & ambient – all fused together in a kaleidoscope of beautiful noise. ‘White Cascade’ are Matt Guess – Guitar/Vocals, Matt Cash – Bass/Vocals & Matt Robbins – Drums/Percussion & this album is nothing short of magical.
The album opens up with ‘Anything You Want’, a golden laced sonic thrill ride through wavy vocal reverberations all huddled within a shuffling drum pattern, shimmering guitars & that explosive break. ‘Astronaut’ has dream-pop inspired aspirations until the drums explode onto the musical canvass & showcase its shoegazing tendencies. Track 3, ‘Endless’ is a dream-gazing masterpiece but with subtle post punk flourishes throughout whilst Track 4, ‘Daydreaming’ does exactly as it says on the tin. Prepare to fly through sonic waves of early baggy Manchester era brilliance as ‘Prophetica’ ambles into audible range with its funky ‘Screamadelica’ inspired beginnings & interesting guitar arrangements. ‘Digital Pictures Of Japanese Castles’ has an air of experimental space rock psychedelia intertwined in its acoustic core whilst ‘Stereo Speaks’ has that early 90’s Chapterhouse feel to it that keeps the listener interested. Track 8, ‘Mission Accomplished’ lifts you up & catapults you through layers & layers of warm sonically emotive brilliance & then its on to ‘Flowergun’, possibly one of my favourite tracks on this impressive release. It builds & builds into a stunning crescendo & its immense production is astounding. The closing track on this debut full release from North Carolina based ‘White Cascade’ is the amazing ‘Nomad’. This track screams old-school shoegaze with its hazy melodic vocal arrangement, fuzzy swirling guitars & its sheer emotive brilliance. A stunning track to close a stunning album.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.