Brighton UK band Cave Painting have been busy these past few years. After experimenting with a few different sounds, the band regrouped in 2010 to focus on a new direction, one that was slightly more fine-tuned and mature than before. Their reinvigorated compositions caught the attention of Keith Wozencroft, the same man who also signed Radiohead and built a roster at Parlophone that consisted of Sigur Ros, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Kylie and LCD Soundsystem. What followed was a record deal with Third Rock Recordings, a debut album and a whirlwind of live shows, including three solo tours and two special guest support slots for Alt-J and Gaz Coombes. Now, the 5-piece outfit are releasing their US debut EP, Midnight Love.
What’s most impressive about Cave Painting’s EP is that they’ve managed to avoid the minimalist and maximalist extremes of indie rock and instead nestled comfortably somewhere in the middle. Their tracks possess the grandiose deserving of a full stadium audience, but with the delicate nuances that evoke a much more personal experience. The result is an epic yet intimate journey through lush arrangements of strings and percussion, dreamy progressions, glistening hooks and powerful vocals. There’s nothing absurdly over the top about these tracks, but there’s nothing demure about them either.
Cave Painting will release their EP digitally on March 26, but we’re happy to premiere the exclusive stream of it now. Soak in the four tracks below.