By MEGHAN KEARNEY // Massachusetts' Caspian, joined the Appleseed cast for a starkly roaring set in Portland
Ethereal post-rockers, Caspian, recently took to a dimly lit, smoky stage at Portland’s Mississippi Studios. An attentive and sold-out crowd silently braced for impact as the band entered the room to soft yellow strobe lights emblazoned with feathers from 2015’s Dust & Disquiet album artwork.
A bespelling voice greeted the audience before band members entered to “Waking Season.” In minutes a building, calm verse exploded into a perfect cacophony of furious metal and alluring ambient of “Echo and Abyss.” The rise and fall of the music mirrored exchanges of blinding strobes and eery darkness that surrounded the musicians who seemed to fall to the background of the music itself.
Between the slamming drums and exasperated guitars, frontman Philip Jamieson introduced subtle, synthy looping tracks of keys and beats to accompany tracks like “Ghosts of the Garden City.” More emphasized in the live setting than recordings, the departure from the hard rock air showcased the band’s idiosyncratic creativity otherwise threatened by a generalized post-rock labeling.
Showcasing tracks new and old, including an explosive end with the title track from the freshly released Castles High, Marble Bright EP (which celebrated its first night on sale as an 8”), Caspian savagely enchanted the entire audience. View the short film for Castles below.