Instrumental music is a tricky proposition in a Rock context. In the absence of a focal frontman and any kind of lyrical narrative, an instrumental band has to hold an audience’s attention with atmosphere, texture, dynamism and sheer power. Caspian does all that and more, creating a compelling and intriguing sound that has no need for words to hammer home its point. The quintet will occasionally use its voices as an additional sonic element, but it typically lets its tools do the talking. And what a tale they tell — Prog bands from the genre’s heyday would be jaw-dropped and humbled by Caspian’s epic magnificence and nuanced delicacy. Dust and Disquiet, the band’s much-anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed 2013 triumph, Waking Season, will be released the day before the band’s MidPoint appearance.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: King Crimson on steroids with everyone’s mics packed away in the bus. (BB)