The Cave Singers: “At the Cut”

Cave SingersAs far as album titles go, I think it’s safe to say that, on the surface, The Cave Singer’s latest LP is a bit of a misnomer. Not that Welcome Joy will make you want to slit your wrists, but originally I thought that Welcome Joy Occasionally, Waiting for Joy, or simply Welcome Joy and Sadness Equally may have been more appropriate than a synonym for Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. That is, until my research revealed that the name was actually derived from John Keats’ poem “A Song of Opposites,” which encourages the reader to love the good and the bad together, and explains the co-existence of tracks both optimistic and fatalistic under the same umbrella. How endearingly erudite of the indie folk trio.

That said, this sophomore effort is indeed lighter than the band’s 2007 debut, Invitation Songs, largely due to the fact that, according to lead singer Pete Quirk, much of it was recorded during the summer months rather than the dreary Seattle winter. And Quirk’s husky, androgynous, and often lachrymose vocals effectively span the record’s dueling “fair and foul” (that’s Keats again) themes. This fall they’re touring with Canadian buddies Lightning Dust, two of whose members, Amber and Ashley Webber, contributed vocals to Welcome Joy. Catch both bands tonight at The Independent.

The Cave Singers – At the Cut 

Who: The Cave Singers

What: Welcome Joy

When: 8.18.2009

Where: Seattle, Washington

Why: “Down at the cut the children they stock up / They wait for me like birds in a row.”

How: Matador


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