Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 1


4.5
superb

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
November 29th, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An exhilarating journey through the brilliant progressive-psychedelic minds of Causa Sui.

It’s not hard to be roused by the reminiscent qualities of 60-70’s rock and progressive-rock’s interlinear foundation; the backbone for which most rock/progressive bands derive their inherent attributes - constitutions that make up the same reasons some in our present age enjoy lengthy fusions of sound that impact the subconscious, a layering of harmonic intervals, and just plain grooves that induce feelings of euphoria and exaltation. Causa Sui, psychedelic/desert-space rock band from Denmark, effortlessly takes the prime trimmings of almost every element rock has to offer and propagates a sensation of their own.

Causa Sui’s accomplished Summer Sessions trilogy commences with Vol. 1, a near flawless stab at one of music’s most intricate genres. With a more than capable trio of past, believe it or not, hardcore metal musicians, Causa Sui set out to create progressive-psychedelic tracks that lures listeners in with accessible introductions that take various turns throughout thematic excursions. Vol. 1 begins with “Visions of Summer”, a 24 minute track that is without a doubt the highlight of this LP. Enticing the listener with a few synth-wind wave effects and spaced out percussions before a catchy bass-line, instant entrapment is almost certain. It’s almost impossible to not enjoy/appreciate the groovy jazz-rock bass lines of Jess Kahr, the endless expressive jazz styles of drummer Jakob Skott, and most importantly the extravagant lead guitar and keyboard work of Jonas Munk. My imperfect limitations of a human being are causing me to salivate as I’m writing this. From raindrop percussions, endless drum roll patterns, spontaneous well-fitted synths, Jimmy Hendrix-inspired rhythm patterns, to slow-amplifying build ups, “Vision of Summer” is stoner-space rock peregrination not worth passing up.

The three latter tracks off Vol. 1 are shorter in length but by no means are they any less impressive. “Red Sun in June” is a full on desert rock song that fits in perfectly after its preceding tracks immense-heavy build up. The mellow tendencies of this transition are inviting and soothing and act like a catching-support to the expected daze that one should have experienced up to this point. “Portixeddu” jumps back into the forward-pushing rock styles and my oh my I have never heard cowbells used so fittingly in a song before. Skott’s bell strikes would put Will Ferrell to shame any day. In fact, his ability to work the snare so effectively over all of his other responsibilities leaves one to wonder if the guy has an extra arm. The closer “Soledad” is a pure stoner-rock track drawing extreme similarities to Kyuss’ use of blues-rock integrations. Acting as a farewell to the alluring tunnel vision that you may have experienced up to this point, “Soledad” eases off the psychedelic allotments allowing the listener to rise from their comatose state.

Vol. 1 is by far the strongest of the Summer Sessions triad and arguably the best work Causa Sui has to offer; besides its counterparts being great pieces of music as well. These enduring works of art must be beheld by the likes of rock enthusiasts and/or anyone wishing to seek what psychedelic-rock has to offer. For a modern psychedelic/jazz-fusion/jam rock album, Summer Sessions Vol. 1 is as essential as it gets.



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YoYoMancuso
November 28th 2012


11421 Comments


WELL IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME


nah just kidding but seriously review is fantastic, pos'd. definitely gonna check this later

HitlerIsPissed
November 28th 2012


411 Comments


yes, its about fuckin time someone reviewed this. band rules.

mindleviticus
November 28th 2012


8426 Comments


Back to the old ball n' chain eh captain?

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012


16387 Comments


nice review capt, pose'd, and kate thread needs your brand of abstract humour

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012


4469 Comments


Fantastic work, captain. I've heard of this hand but have yet to hear them. Will definitely listen to this. POS'd!

NocteDominum
November 28th 2012


7205 Comments


A pos given to my pirate bretheren. Good work man.

Underflow
November 28th 2012


3161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys pound immeasurable amounts of vagina.

Chortles
November 28th 2012


18307 Comments


really good review capt, pos'd hard

MisterTornado
November 29th 2012


4507 Comments


The Ufomammut of Stoner rock, criminally overlooked.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012


22731 Comments


Great review bro, pos'd.

Album rules. Vol. 2 is great too.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2012


3598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great write-up captain, these guys really write good music. i have yet to hear the other efforts, but this one is really strong. i dig soledad a lot, but everything is really good here. excellent recommendations too. pos

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seedofnothing
November 29th 2012


3425 Comments


excellent review capt pos

damn who would neg, this review is flawless

Shuyin
November 29th 2012


12332 Comments


doesnt look like my kinda album

great review anyway, have a pos. m/

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012


22731 Comments


Haven't given Vol. 3 a proper listen yet, need to get on that asap.

tarkus
November 29th 2012


5560 Comments


pos but would not say casa sui is progressive

NocteDominum
November 29th 2012


7205 Comments


They have the prog.

NocteDominum
November 29th 2012


7205 Comments


Thanks man, yeah for the last week it's been pretty much DOOM:VS and Atra Mors.

tarkus
November 29th 2012


5560 Comments


consider them more psych/desert rock to be fair

the prog label is slapped on so much these days

YankeeDudel
March 11th 2013


9331 Comments


vol 3 is good

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PunchforPunch
August 12th 2013


6279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where am i? Yugandhara mountains?



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