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In Cadeo
Making Our Graves
(self-released)
www.incadeo.com


This one's a real grower. On first listen the music glossed over the surface of my mind like a curling stone over Saskatchewanian ice. But after the second listen it started to sink into my subconscious like The Andrea Doria - slowly but surely. In Cadeo has a real clean rock sound that is quite appropriate to put on your stereo while you are cleaning your house. You will get these songs stuck in your head. It is clean, clean, clean (production, morals, instrumentation). Making Our Graves is a gemstone like Citrine; it's polished, it's pretty, but it's not as precious as Topaz, yet some people will love it just the same.

The album is a full length follow-up to last year's five song EP. The tracks blossom from noisy melodic pop in the vein of Franz Ferdinand to gang sing-alongs which try to match The Arcade Fire's verve without the darkness. Those are both tough acts to follow. There are a lot of monosyllabic repeating vocal phrases like "lay me low/lay me low" on "Low" where the music sounds Interpol-ish. Dan Neustadt sings more than Paul Banks even though he also has a tenor-baritone monotone style. There is more Interpol-y moody guitar refrains in "Miles Away," another fine track.

Songs that at first seem simple and contained branch off with flourishes from a wide range of instruments: accordion, melodica, Moog, stylophone, wurli, chimes, whistling and yes, even a glockenspiel. That glockenspiel kicks some ass in "West," which is a song that embodies some of the things I love and hate about rock music. There is this dramatic and typical (and usually heterosexual) story of love and loss that is played out in an infinite number of lyrics throughout rock history. The black and white art scheme and line drawings of what appears to be a Roman emperor, an elephant and the band members on the digipack (no insert) mirror the lucid, sturdy sound of the band.

In Cadeo would be a good band to see live. It's a soundtrack to a downtown city bar crawl. However, if you can't see them live, Making Our Graves will make you feel like you are out at a New York basement club drinking cranberry vodkas with your friends when you're actually at home just doing your dishes.

-Joe Martinez

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