CAESAR – Crossed Wires

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-20-12-18Like an episode of The Twilight Zone that isn’t the Shatner one with the gremlin on the wing, this newbie from CAESAR opens up with so much mystery you’re left simply clueless as to what you’re about to be treated to. Thankfully, for all our sakes, it turns into something rather marvellous with hints of shoe gaze melding with a modern brand of indie pop to result in a wavey, blissful tapestry of gorgeous sounds.

If you can keep yourself from swaying side to side then you’re a stubborner person than I, or you’re perhaps just a tad more normal. This is all about patience being tested and ultimately, rewarded as you’ll get lost in this easier than a stoned Kiwi in an Amsterdam supermarket who I ended up having to look after for the best part of an evening. There’s not a hint of urgency about it and even the trio of stabs that add a touch of late ’00s indie vibe won’t quite frazzle you out if you’re in the middle of some meditating routine. The band label this as ‘alien music’ and perhaps there onto something as it has an other-worldly appeal that’s making me consider the positives of space travel.

Of course, that probably require money too. But I’ve got headphones so I can always stick this on and keep dreaming. That’s not a bad way to live.

Ciarán Steward

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