CSTVT
The Echo and the Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by ziroth USER (3 Reviews)
June 28th, 2010 | 22 replies | 7,776 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

To many, emo is long gone: it was just a short fad in the late nineties and at the beginning of the new millennium. They see it as a scene that a few sweater vest clad 28-year olds lament over the faint sound of Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary. All the new bands, well, they’re just repackaging ten-year old ideas to a small group of angst-ridden teenagers, right? Think what you will, but emo is still alive and kicking, and who better to prove it than Chicago’s own Castevet.

Released way back in 2009, Summer Fences, Castevet’s debut full-length, was quite the anomaly. There are not many times when you can find a new band with influences from so many sides of the spectrum that still manage to sound like seasoned veterans. Yet, Summer Fences was exactly that, and now Castevet have returned less than a year later with The Echo & the Light.

Not much has changed since Summer Fences; in fact, The Echo & the Light is in many ways just a more refined, more condensed Summer Fences. Where Summer Fences was more drawn out and slow building in its beauty, The Echo & the Light manages to compress the same sound into a shorter and more to the point record. To some listeners, this less spacey and more condensed approach might take some of the enjoyment away, and to others, this approach will get it done and get it done faster. It really just depends on what you like. If you are inclined toward post-rock, you might feel on Summer Fences is where Castevet shines. If you are a person who likes faster, punkier music, than The Echo & the Light will be a change for the better.

The Echo & the Light continues in Castevet’s mathy, start-stop, ever-changing emo sound that Summer Fences began. The guitar can be airy and ambient, but then quickly change to a heavier, punkier sound, and the riffs are plentiful in creativity and never sound recycled or predictable. The drumming is tighter than ever, and is one of the most stand-out performances on The Echo & the Light. Both the drums and the guitar can be easily described as creating a very math-rock sound. Vocally, the album is one that could easily survive instrumentally, but Castevet doesn’t slack in adding catchy but rough half screamed/half sung vocal melodies that would easily get under one’s skin if not for them being turned down significantly to just sound like another instrument.

The Echo & the Light doesn’t let you get bored in its short twenty-four minute play-time; it demands your constant attention to every detail, however fine it may be. If you thought emo was dead, it’s time you give Castevet a try. You might just be pleasantly surprised.


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ziroth
June 28th 2010



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrote the first two paragraphs about a month ago and finally decided to finish it today. I still hate my writing, but I felt this could use some hype. Give me feedback: constructive criticism, grammatical errors, etc.

SeaAnemone
June 28th 2010



19702 Comments


YES! so glad somebody reviewed this, I was gonna make a list requesting it. I have a review written from months ago, but it's embarrassingly shitty, thinking I best just delete it.

great review, my one qualm is, idk, they're not really conventional emo at all and I didn't like how you described them as such so often, but no big deal. pos

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

SeaAnemone
June 28th 2010



19702 Comments


somebody review Grown Ups' More Songs too. I don't want to do it, but it's one of the years' better releases.

Wizard
June 28th 2010



19208 Comments


I thought this was for the other Castevet (Mounds of Ash). This sounds like shit.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

iBosley
June 28th 2010



268 Comments


prob gonna check this out

Wizard
June 28th 2010



19208 Comments


My bad, same band hahahaha. iBosley, please check out Mounds of Ash by these guys.

iBosley
June 28th 2010



268 Comments


Hmm, looks like theres two different Castevets... ill check out Mounds of Ash. If its put out by Profound Lore then it cant be too bad

Wizard
June 28th 2010



19208 Comments


Can't be too bad? Everything they release is gold dude!

iBosley
June 28th 2010



268 Comments


Oh yeah for sure...what do they sound like? Their lastfm just says "experimental black metal"

Wizard
June 28th 2010



19208 Comments


Check your 'shout box' buddy!

ziroth
June 28th 2010



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, my one qualm is, idk, they're not really conventional emo at all and I didn't like how you described them as such so often, but no big deal. pos

Totally not an emo/screamo buff.. I've always classified this as a mathy emo band in my head. If that's a misnomer than I apologize. I'm not at all genre-literate, I just listen to just about anything.

SeaAnemone
June 28th 2010



19702 Comments


nah don't sweat it... genres are no big deal and reviews fine

ziroth
June 28th 2010



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks be to you and/or anyone else who pos'd.

liledman
June 29th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review.

and they arent anything out of the ordinary as far as midwest goes.

ziroth
June 29th 2010



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True, but they're top notch stuff.

liledman
June 29th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah i still really enjoyed this release.

Lappo
July 10th 2010



89 Comments


we need a page for the bm/sludge Castevet from NY imo

masterofcum
July 10th 2010



428 Comments


nope

Lappo
July 10th 2010



89 Comments


yep

fight me

FourSquare20
December 3rd 2010



320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a great album. Good review as well.



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