Philly indie rockers Caracara hit us with a few teasers from their debut album Summer Megalith last month, and the anticipation has been building ever since. Now, the waiting is over, release day is here, and Summer Megalith is finally out in the world. Not to be mistaken for the bird, Caracara create the kind of spirited, honest, pour-your-soul-into-it music that is so essential to the Philly scene right now. Spattered with fuzzy instrumentals and woven with dense and reflective lyrics, the 12-track album (engineered and mixed by Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball fame) is a must-listen for these early fall, weather-changing days.
Made up of Carlos Pacheco-Perez and Sean Gill of Square Peg Rond Hole, as well as George Legatos and William Lindsay of W.C. Lindsay, the band came together with the intention of melding their different musical backgrounds into something that captured their histories and celebrated their experiences. According to Flower Girl Records, “The idea was to make dynamic music that whispers as much as it screams.” The result is an album that is cohesive yet ever-changing, unpredictable yet comforting.
Caracara utilize some instruments we don’t often see in basement scene rock — trumpet, trombone, sax and cello — to fill out their sound into something totally distinctive, adding emotional depth to their already poignant and cathartic tunes. Halfway through the album is an “Interlude,” which reportedly captures a candid and raw improvisation between Schade and Pacheco-Perez, who didn’t know they were being recorded — a contemplative moment in the middle of a collection of standout songs.
Home Outgrown Presents is throwing a release show for Caracara next Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Everybody Hits. Also on the bill are worlds greatest dad, so totally, and Sixteen Jackies.
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