If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve heard of England’s Cavetown. Also known as twenty year old Robin Skinner, Cavetown makes soft and almost Elliott Smith sounding bedroom pop that’s too good to dismiss. In the last couple of years he’s dropped more music than some acts will release in five years, though his mixtape Animal Kingdom so far is shaping up to be his best release to date. Featuring another artist on one of two tracks, Cavetown’s popularity is certainly on the rise, though this could cement him as a household name.
The first incarnation of the five part release, Sandy features a Cavetown track and a track by Simi. While the song by Simi “Lullaby” is pretty wonderful, it’s the Cavetown song “Juliet” that should draw in listeners. A bit different from his release earlier in the year Lemon Boy, Cavetown has a more maturated sound here, in ways more reminiscent of acts like Neil Young solo and Ryan Sambol. The bedroom pop notes are still here, but Skinner adds backing vocals that give the song a deeper sound while rounding the instrumentation out with synths and a drum machine.
The second incarnation of the mixtape is Comet, this time with Chloe Moriando. The piano lead track “Waves” from Moriondo is sweet and endaering, and her vocals definitely stick in your head. However, the track from Cavetown “Boys Will Be Bugs” has that acoustic pop sound he’s become known for, and it’s upbeat stride sticks in your head immediately. The backing vocals are a nice touch, but his beat lead acoustic pop here is definitely memorable, and we doubt you won’t hear it in your head after the first time.
Animal Kingdom is available to stream on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in all digital shops including on Bandcamp. Cavetown has sold out a lot of his upcoming tour dates. His tour runs through Europe starting in Belgium on January 16 at Witloof Bar until January 23 at Melkweg Upstairs in the Netherlands. Then he starts a U.S. run through Texas beginning February 07 in Dallas at Deep Ellum Art Co until June 30 at The Garage in Burnsville, MN. A complete listing of his upcoming tour dates can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by J. Flynn.