Editors’ Notes CoCo Beware, the 2011 debut by the Brooklyn indie rock quintet Caveman, is a seductively somber and beautifully human-sounding album that plays with equal parts wide-eyed wonder and smoldering self-doubt. “A Country’s King of Dreams” sets the tone with slow, roomy drums that pulse over keyboard drones as acoustic guitars and electric six-string feedback balance each other out. The following “Decide” grooves slowly on a subtly buoyant rhythm that sits back and lets the flowing vocal melodies drive. The guitars on “My Time” resonate coolly with vintage wooden tones that pedal like a Velvet Underground tune. Contrasting this classic New York sound are the Pacific Northwest–style nasal-toned vocals of singer Matthew Iwanusa. Throughout CoCo Beware, he coos with a lullaby-friendly voice; check out “December 28th,” where he sings shadowy harmonies so sublime that they blend in with the accompaniment like another instrument. Those lush four-part harmonies play a pretty big part on Caveman’s debut, most noticeably on the soothing “Easy Water” and the closing dirge “My Room.”

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A Country's King of Dreams
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3:32
 
Decide
2
3:38
 
My Time
3
2:01
 
Vampirer
4
2:44
 
Old Friend
5
4:01
 
Great Life
6
4:35
 
December 28th
7
3:24
 
Easy Water
8
3:50
 
Thankful
9
3:59
 
My Room
10
3:56
 

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