CSTVT
The Echo and the Light


4.5
superb

Review

by FourSquare20 USER (11 Reviews)
January 1st, 2011 | 13 replies | 5,522 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "There's no mountains in this neighborhood but the view from this roof isn't bad."

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Imagine spending a chilly day out in the sun with your closest friends in which nothing really seems to go wrong. One of those days in which you feel glad to merely exist and have the privilege of coexisting with others, one of those days in which nothing is amiss and everything goes according to plan even though nothing's been planned. Castevet has basically made the soundtrack to these kind of days with their 2010 extended play The Echo and the Light. By streamlining the post rock infused emo found on their debut Summer Fences, the lads of Castevet have released a half hour of power that is almost ensured to brighten your day.

Now, when I say that Castevet has streamlined their sound, i mean that they've almost completely eschewed their post rock influence in favor of a quicker, more upbeat punk style. Twinkly guitars still abound, they're now just more immediate and complex. This makes for a very listenable album, one full of rock solid riffing that simply doesn't get old. The tapping found in "Narrow Hallways" is about as tasteful as it gets, and the jangly playing on the screamo influenced "Lautrec" is a nice inclusion. While the tracks on this EP don't engage in any typical form of song structure, the strength of the riffing found here is more than enough to keep things interesting. Add to this some tight drumming and solid bass playing and you have the base of Castevet's sound.

Castevet could be an instrumental band, and a great one at that. However, this would subtract from their sound the great pipes their vocalist possesses. While he is often a polarizing force for listeners, I find the Chuck Ragan-esque vocals to be a great addition to the already emotionally resonant music. The gruff, half-yelled-half-sung vocals add an entirely new dimension to the music, especially when some good old fashioned gang vocals are thrown in for added effect. Besides, these songs basically beg to be shouted along with. I definitely wouldn't want that aspect of Castevet's sound to disappear.

If you're looking for an aural pick-me-up, or if you're just a fan of the recent emo resurgence, then this album is quintessential stuff. Castevet's blend of mathy emo stylings with gruff, bearded-punk vocals is something that's extremely enjoyable and just plain happy. While after repeated listens this EP can sound a tiny bit homogeneous, that's the only real error Castevet commits. I look forward to further releases from these guys, as they'll almost certainly improve. That is quite the exciting prospect, eh? In short, i have this to say: Bravo Castevet, bravo.



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SeaAnemone
January 1st 2011



20049 Comments


not nearly as good as Summer Fences

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FourSquare20
January 1st 2011



320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree. I really like Summer Fences but I just can't stop listening to this. It's infectious.

FourSquare20
January 1st 2011



320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Summer fences was incredible the first time I listened to it, but after that it kinda lost its luster. I can't hear it the same way I heard it the first time. This EP just hasn't grown off me though.

Iamthe Nightstars
January 1st 2011



2229 Comments


I'm not usually a nitpicker about yelled vocals, but this guys voice does kind of bother me.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2011



17204 Comments


so this site hasnt acknowledged their name change yet. someone should fix that.

FourSquare20
January 1st 2011



320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah. It's now CSTVT. Kinda lame.

Enotron
January 1st 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

waaat eric so much better than summer fences

xcharlesx
January 1st 2011



192 Comments


"not nearly as good as Summer Fences"

summer fences gets boring fast shut up you dont know stuff

FourSquare20
January 1st 2011



320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wouldn't say Summer Fences gets boring fast.

Iamthe Nightstars
January 7th 2011



2229 Comments


I'd say Summer Fences is better.

testpilot00
March 7th 2011



20 Comments


Summer fences is a lot better but i love the opener six parts summer on this, really catchy.

FourSquare20
April 11th 2011



320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Me want new Castevet album. or CSTVT rather.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2012



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First song is so good omg

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