"Caspian continue to be the most regal of the instrumental rock new school." - Pitchfork, 2013.
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"[Waking Season is] the best post-rock album of 2012" - SPIN, 2012.
In 2003, the members of Caspian took over a rundown factory near their home base in the quiet beachfront town of Beverly, Massachusetts. Almost immediately, they started bashing out the propulsive rhythms and ecstatic washes of guitar-driven sound that simmered at the core of their first EP You Are the Conductor in 2005.
Over the course of four albums and nearly ten years in the trenches later, Caspian has emerged as an elite band that deserves a place in the conversation about the changing face, sound and scope of instrumental rock music.
The band's latest release Waking Season is their strongest statement yet-a fully immersive and almost mystical sonic experience that breaks open possibilities and busts through barriers with each new listen. Recorded and mixed with producer Matt Bayles, whose matchless work with Isis, Mastodon, Minus the Bear, Russian Circles and MONO alone has made him a creative force in prog-metal and noise-rock, the album marks a real transformation for the band, according to guitarist Jamieson.
"With this record we became a little less self-conscious about what we're doing," he observes. "We let go of those general fears that you have when you start going into new territory-wondering if people will like it, or if it's going to connect. We really believe in this record."