Exposé Online banner

Causa Sui — Live at Freak Valley
(Paraiso EPRO17CD, 2014, 2CD / 2LP)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-04-30

Live at Freak Valley Cover artThis Danish instrumental stoner-rock powerhouse has finally released their first official live album, and given that their eight previous studio releases (or three releases and two box sets, as it may be) all have a fairly ‘live’ sound to begin with, if one knows any of those albums, the expectations here should be pretty clear. The listener will be treated to over an hour and a half of full throttle, hyper-extended jams that are culled from the very best material featured on their earlier releases. Unlike all the studio albums since 2007’s Free Ride, where the band has gone forward as a trio, for this live show the band is once again a four-piece with the addition of Rasmus Rasmussen to augment Jonas Monk’s studio multi-tasking on guitars and keyboards. The show, recorded in Germany in the summer of 2013 shortly after the release of their Euporie Tide album, features about half of the material from that album, plus six more pieces taken from most of the band’s earlier albums going all the way back to “El Paraiso” from their self-titled 2005 debut. All the tunes are presented in a high energy psychedelic rock continuum that must have been a mindblowing experience to see live, but nonetheless captured faithfully for the LP and CD medium. If one hasn’t heard the band before, Live at Freak Valley may indeed be a fine place to test the waters, as the selections lean toward their more recent and best earlier material, and the double CD costs only a few bucks more than a single disc.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Causa Sui

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Physical Rocket - Rising Is My Trend – OK, so Physical Rocket isn’t really a progressive band at all, but they’re a lot of fun, and they don’t really sound much like the mainstream rock we hear these days. They’re a hard rock band...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues