CSTVT
Summer Fences


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
November 29th, 2009 | 99 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Summer Fences walks the line between subtly powerful and aggressively awe-inspiring. I don’t know where they found this line, or what they’re going to do with it next, but none of that matters considering the spectacular record waiting for you.

Open your ears and let that beautiful, simplistic melody flood your brain with ideas of happiness and content. As the song progresses you can feel the emotion begin to well up as the instrumentation becomes more and more complex. You can’t remember the last time you felt this relaxed as you tilt your head back and feel your eyelids shut, but only halfway. And just as the vocals come in, so smoothly and fluidly, from the most mellifluous vo- WAIT!

That would be too expected; this is Summer Fences, and this is Castevet.

No, instead a gruff scream breaks onto the scene like a wrecking ball into that building you used to call home. Summer Fences is an absolutely riveting piece of music, but its not without its fair share of curiosities. For instance, how do the formerly mentioned qualities mesh so well together? After much deliberation, it’s still hard to find a connection.

The instrumentation on Castevet is astounding, and are reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky (check out “Beating High Schoolers At Arcade Games,” and “Between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr,” among others, for reference). The songs on Summer Fences, though all particularly unique in one way or another, have a similar make up. Progressing fairly slowly, a simple riff enters. Layer upon layer is added and pretty soon you find yourself with something pretty damn extravagant. Though, of course, it’s not the build-up that makes us (well, me, at least) cringe with delight; it’s those small pockets of silence that inhabit the songs where you least expect them, giving you a rejuvenating breath of fresh air and a new outlook. The lavish songs oftentimes top the 5-minute mark, but every strum holds significance. Take the lengthy “I Know What A Lion Is:” the hoarse vocals come and go a few minutes in, but the soft, temperate guitar lines remain to soothe the senses. Some listeners claim to hear math rock tendencies scattered around Summer Fences as it tends to be very calculated, but all I hear is pure melodic gold in the sinewy guitars. Don’t worry, Summer Fences isn’t all pomp and circumstance, as they aren't afraid to throw a poppy number in there, with, “Plays One On TV.” It’s absolutely incredible that a 45 minute listen comprised of 8 songs is such an easy, enjoyable listen. It’s also important to note that the effects are at an all time low, and instead of delays and choruses, Castevet rely more on the epic build-ups and soft/loud tendencies to illustrate a beautiful picture. And damn, do they do it well.

Although I feel it’s the post-rock facet of Summer Fences that ultimately propel it into greatness, it wouldn't be possible without the superb hardcore vocals to compliment the subtle tunes. The raw sounds evolving from Nick Wakim’s and Ron Petzke’s chords are especially poignant, but are used rather sparsely and sporadically, a la Hot Water Music. This creates for an uncanny sense of unpredictability that manages to surprise and enchant. SPOILER ALERT: Let’s just say the end of “Space Jam: The Return” is one of the most guttural, heart-wrenching moments I’ve been lucky enough to hear lately.

Though it’s hard not to, I can’t say the biggest fascination on Summer Fences is either of these spectacular individual qualities.
No, it’s Castevet’s ethereal ability to blend the two features. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what binds these two, but after much deliberation, it’s fair to chalk one up to sheer emotion. The gruff, guttural vocals compliment the powerful instrumentation in superb fashion, and that’s what really creates the experience of Summer Fences. The entire record walks the line between subtly powerful and aggressively awe-inspiring. I don’t know where they found this line, or what they’re going to do with it next, but none of that matters considering the spectacular record waiting for you in Summer Fences.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
November 29th 2009


20834 Comments


So many reviews coming this week!

Ponton
Emeritus
November 29th 2009


5815 Comments


Good review man, looks interesting.

Roach
November 29th 2009


2148 Comments


this is like American Football with a worse vocalist and ten years later

SeaAnemone
November 29th 2009


20834 Comments


definitely definitely do... especially if you have any interest in any of the recommended albums, or if you don't.

SeaAnemone
November 29th 2009


20834 Comments


@Roach: yeah well I like it, soooooo...

Roach
November 29th 2009


2148 Comments


me too

have you heard American Football pls tell me you have

SeaAnemone
November 29th 2009


20834 Comments


Well of course... their s/t at least, anything else worth hearing?

Shrapnel94
November 29th 2009


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty much what Roach said.

kitsch
November 29th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is p cool. not anything spectacular

rasputin
November 29th 2009


14555 Comments


this is really good

NortherlyNanook
November 29th 2009


1285 Comments


i like this album a lot

SeaAnemone
November 30th 2009


20834 Comments


Then rate it. BRO

SlightlyEpic
November 30th 2009


5780 Comments


album is dope review is dope nice job man

kitsch
November 30th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

seasnemone, AM only have a s/t lp and a s/t ep

SnackaryBinx
November 30th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I WONDER WHO TOLD PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO THIS HMMMM

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2009


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk jared told me to listen to this

SnackaryBinx
November 30th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was after a long chain of me telling people. it all goes back to me.

SlightlyEpic
November 30th 2009


5780 Comments


been listening to this since before snackary was born

SnackaryBinx
November 30th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you can't prove it no one can

Roach
November 30th 2009


2148 Comments


snackary should go back to WoW where ppl might care



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