Perhaps a year ago I listened to Euporie Tide and really liked what I heard, I found that it was intelligent music. Trippy Krautrock grooves, cool jazz guitar workouts, Kyuss worshiping riffage, Hendrix inspired guitar solos, and spacey atmospheric soundscapes float in and out, up and down. And whether the aforementioned similarities I hear to Kyuss are homage or just coincidence does not make the album less enjoyable. This is an exploration both jointly and, perhaps even more important, severally means that each time they get together there has been a shift in ability and knowledge that they are somehow able to almost seamlessly integrate. If you like where Causa Sui are now and I do , then the answer is Yes. I consider this collection to be truly essential for lovers of all that is psychedelic.
I get a kick out of how busy the drummer is on this track even during the more laid back passages. It isn't a departure in style at all. There's no modern pop rhytms or artificial crap but just amazing rock. Causa Sui is a Danish psychedelic band which has done nine studio albums in nine years so I consider them productive. Posted Sunday, February 19, 2017 Review 1694301 Denmark's excellent psychedelic rock band's 2016 release, Return To Sky, finds the band riffing harder than it has in a while. Jonas Munk's guitar is drenched in reverb and wah-wah petal resin, jamming over the band's way-out grooves.
Causa Sui are back with Return To Sky, the successor to 2013's Euporie Tide, which consolidated the band as a crucial underground force in the European psych scene and spread their unique brand of warm-toned stoner rock to a wider audience. If the above quotation is a distillation of the Causa Sui ethos. The particular sound could be heard over the whole record and we hear both melodical and more atmospheric pieces. It turns pretty heavy before 6 minutes and the guitar starts to solo over top at 7 minutes. The members of Causa Sui are Jonas Munk guitars, keyboards and electronics , Jess Kahr bass and Jakob Skött drums and percussion. Secondly there's a part of me that does like to hear bands evolve, so I'm a bit disappointed that this album is so similar to the last, but then again if it had been, I could have got something worse, or it could have been even better.
Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Review 915888. So, instead of trudging all the way to sunny Holbeck in anticipation of being able to flick through shelf after shelf of releases, please place your orders online first and use our 'In-store collect' option in the checkout. Well for one thing I think that they are a pretty unique band, not an easy thing to achieve with so much great music about these days. There is a perfect balance of heavy, stoner rock riffage and gentle, spaced-out atmospheres here, and it never feels forced or contrived. Return To Sky is a condensed piece of acutely experimental yet immensely engaging instrumental rock. Is it innovative, new, a departure in style? Like a recap, it fervidly peaks one last time before gently fades away into thin air. The band had clearly established itself as one of the premier psych bands in Europe with the release of the Summer Sessions, and now they found themselves stretching out even further into the cosmos with the Pewt'r Sessions.
Even though it's entirely instrumental, it holds your attention and keeps you captivated. El Paraiso Records provides their artists freedom so that they can explore the spirituality of music, and that brings us back to Causa Sui. Each of the album's five epics unfolds as a microcosm of the band's genre-transcending psychedelia at large, yet adds something different to the whole. As my review title says, this is stunningly beautiful music, and Causa Sui fit my brain perfectly, so I can't fault them that. Causa Sui is slightly revisiting it's stoner rock beginnings here, but their spacey, atmospheric tendencies have not gone away, just taken the back seat a bit. On Europie Tide, Causa Sui's sound is more condensed and fine-tuned compared to much of what came before it, which is perfect for newcomers.
You know how lots of people mistake prog rock for being a big jumbled mess because of how many costumes Peter Gabriel used to change into? The band are locked in a rising groove and break out exactly at the right time into a stoner riff that takes the track home in a magnificent way. Causa Sui's music is a jammy kind of space-rock that owes equal debt to Grateful Dead's Dark Star and Pink Floyd's Echoes. There's a kind of musical metamorphosis taking place that's deeply ingrained in the band's natural flux by now; heavy, detuned riffs are transformed into wide, pastoral soundscapes, and fluid minimalism warped into swirling crescendos and back again. Causa Sui are on top of their game here, playing off one another in musical unison. What I mean is that for many bands the sturm and drang is everything, but for Causa Sui it is the building blocks on which they build other musical patterns, again drawing in their varied experiences from across a wide musical spectrum that takes the track into uncharted territory… with the last five minutes or so taking us through a panoply of musical forms in a wholly coherent manner, yet never sounding any less that fresh and improvised. Nope, instead we are basically a kind of brutalist Argos for vinyl records. With every new album, Causa Sui undoubtedly manage to level up expectations.
These originally seemed like minor differences to my ear but ultimately gave the album a more individual texture without disarming that raw intensity that caused me to draw those original comparisons. But an introduction that many bands would really struggle to match as it ascends into great spirals of intensity before coming down into an ambient yet complex denouement that acts as a signpost for the bands unique approach. So throw on the disc, hit play, and let Causa Sui immerse you in their world. Occasionally the band even manages to sound turbulent - fuzzed-out yet strangely peaceful at the very same time. More than any other album in their catalog Return To Sky declares their roots in the avant-rock of the late 1990s, when different eras and genres merged into something that resonated as with the present as much as it celebrated the past. Does that make it a good album? Posted Monday, October 21, 2013 Review 1064125 Causa Sui make a case for their status as the Kyuss of Denmark with the third volume of their Summer Sessions releases. A pleasant and enjoyable song.
Enjoyable, but I can't say it's essential listening. So why do I like Causa Sui so much? We are then brought down into a bucolic central section where you can really sense the band in full concentration, playing off each other and conducting explorations in their sound that dig deep into their craft… just stunning when you stop everything and listen. I also like how the music goes, the feelings and the mentality it seems to be sprung from. If you like spacey hypnotic melodic rock that hearkens back to the 70s, but you're not interested in all those progressive twiddles and time changes, then this would make a good introduction to the band. Causa Sui is slightly revisiting it's stoner rock beginnings here, but their spacey, atmospheric tendencies have not gone away, just taken the back seat a bit. It is quite artistic when they are trying to explore their feelings trough the music rather than give us melodies, riffs and choruses. Following their second album, Free Ride, the band dropped their vocalist and changed direction in their sound.
The album features long, tripped-out, musical adventures heavily influenced by the repetitive Krautrock styles of Can and Agitation Free. Posted Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Review 1710159 Denmark's excellent psychedelic rock band's 2016 release, Return To Sky, finds the band riffing harder than it has in a while. After the success of Euporie Tide, their latest work, Return to Sky was eagerly awaited by fans and luckily for us, it continues the winning streak. Occasionally the band even manages to sound turbulent -- fuzzed-out yet strangely peaceful at the very same time. Unfortunately there's no singing here, I would have loved that. But during three of these years they didn't release anything.