Slow Caves: Fastly Approaching Greatness with New Release "Desert Minded"

By: Zach Dahmen

Fort Collins' Slow Caves are majorly on the come up.

The new EP from Slow Caves has arrived and so has this band! The Fort Collins-based group has been playing the Front Range since 2014. Previous releases showcased a young band with a hard edge. The new EP takes their surf rock sound and adds dreamy vocals and a maturity in songwriting, but this is by no means a tame record. Comparisons can be made, but Slow Caves is a band making their mark in a saturated scene with a sound all their own.

Desert Minded is the name of the four song release, produced by the band themselves and Corey Coffman at the latter’s home studio. It’s a treasure of expanses with one song flowing into the next with ease. The four piece have hit their stride sliding through these songs.

The first song, “2 Hrs!”, is an immediately catchy synth-driven smile on your face. This is an unabashed indie pop song and it works. The vocal harmonies strike all of the right chords; if this track isn’t in your summer playlist, you're doing summer wrong.

“Glares” is a slow burner of pure, surf rock bliss. From the first guitar strums, the song’s light touches and call-back chorus will have you singing out loud.

“Desert Minded”, the EP’s title track, has its roots in the beach with a surf guitar riff running through the song. It’s feels like a beautiful dream like state, and by the time the chorus hits, you are hooked.  

“Son 15" is the most straightforward indie rock song on the EP. Pulsing with an aggressive guitar and a driving beat, this song will have you bobbing your head long after it’s over.

All of these songs could be strong contenders for a great single. The strength of Slow Caves’ writing hooks and song craftsmanship is in full display on this release. With this EP, Slow Caves have cemented themselves as one of the best bands the Front Range has to offer. Expect to be seeing big things from this four-piece in the coming months. Make sure to catch them next at The Downtown Artery in Fort Collins this Saturday, May 28th. Though their digital release of “Desert Minded” has been delayed for what they tell us are “good reasons; cool reasons”, they will have physical copies of the EP available at the show. Head out and keep up with Slow Caves here.

-Zach    

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.