Už Jsme Doma — Jeskyne (Caves)
(Cuneiform Rune 312, 2010, CD)
by Pam Thompson, Published 2011-06-01
Rhythm dominates Caves: polyrhythms, driving rhythms, natural rhythms. The music on Caves is a blend of influences and styles combined to create Už Jsme Doma’s unique sound. Rock and ska, heavy beats and driving trumpet passages, touches of punk, metal and industrial alternate and combine in a constant push toward completion, with bits of Eastern European patterns rising to the surface here and there. Touches of musical drama are enhanced by the clean and elegant engineering, which provides a solid wall of sound without obliterating the delicacy of exposed passages. The lyrics are translated to English in the CD’s booklet, although the emotion of the words is conveyed well through the vocal performances in Czech. The band’s current line-up includes five members, four instrumentalists and an artist who creates the band’s signature artwork. The group’s instrumentation includes guitar, bass, drums, and trumpet, with the trumpet at the forefront with the vocals — crystal clear, ethereal and concrete by turns. Other instruments are added in for effect, including piano, trombone, accordion and violin. Už Jsme Doma have created a fresh and masterful style, soaring and earthy, serious and amusing. The caffeinated movement of the songs is addictive, and the grooves created are irresistable. Caves is driving, dynamic music with barely a moment for a restful, quiet passage — sharp, clean and oddly danceable, while still being intellectually stimulating.
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