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Caravels / Gifts from Enola: Well Worn [12-inch]Well Worn [12-inch] (2012)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: RENALDO69RENALDO69
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Caravels' new ventures vary a bit from their old records, but don’t abandon totally what they encompassed on their old EPs. On "Sagen Genesis," it's the same field they played on before--a not too cohesive melody but with that inherent knack of knowing just when to change the pace. They step up or step down in good accord and this violent feel is just the kind of varied sound that makes best for the post-hardcore sound. They again thrive off silky guitarwork over the spoken word of their lead, but on "Sagen" it's like a synthetic chorus of whales with the intricate solos and picking strung into the verses. It's soothing and they incorporate that smooth bassline they're accustomed to as they spark their usual the calm before the storm. It's reminiscent of, but still distinguishes from, their old hits such as "Dream Beaver," "Sixty Acres" and "Meat Wave." It's highly similar to recent Troubled Coast material and while at times, it seems that they're taking notes from Saetia, they hold their own well. Again, no doubt there will be comparisons to Bright Calm Blue, Touché Amoré and La Dispute, but this is one of the more coarse efforts out there.
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