Campers in Chacos and swim gear are finally beginning to fill dusty campgrounds across Montana. It's a welcome change after a long, rainy springuntil about mid-August when we start sweating through the sheets. But now, during these bluebird days and warm nights we yearn for campfire music.
The Cave Singers quenches that thirst. Six years and four albums later, the Seattle band, who recently added bassist Morgan Henderson of Fleet Foxes fame, has yet to stray from its simple, folk-rock sound, which at least makes it consistent.
The band's newest album, Naomi, hits its stride with the song "Evergreen," which makes no effort to be anything more than a simple guitar melody. Frontman Pete Quirk's vocals, strangely enough, resemble what a male Stevie Nicks might sound like. The song's single, short, delicate riff matches perfectly in tone with lyrics about idealistic love and displacement from home. But when the band treads on some more electrified, heavier sounds in "It's A Crime," it sounds forced, falling short of bands who do it better, such as the Willowz.
Naomi is an album featuring easy-to-hum choruses and steering-wheel tapping rhythms. But if you're expecting anything more substantial than a light-hearted sing-along with friends, look elsewhere.
The Cave Singers plays the Badlander Mon., June 24, at 9 PM. $12.