Photo by Marc Lemoine
Last September, post-rock outfit Caspian returned with their fourth full-length, Dust & Disquiet. In an interview I did with the band, frontman Philip Jamieson said much of the record was inspired by their first tour of Australia and Asia in 2014, an eye-opening experience that helped push them beyond their comfort zones in the studio and tap into more more uplifting sentiments.
Caspian have since firmly latched onto that idea of adventure and the hope that comes with it, and their latest song “Castles High, Marble Bright” demonstrates this creative mindset beautifully. A nine-minute, instrumental cut of epic proportions, it’s filled with gorgeous swells, triumphant bursts, and intense reflective moments — not unlike those one has after finally grasping the reality of all that’s been accomplished and exhaling for the first time.
In a statement to Consequence of Sound, Jamieson speaks at length about the track, which he calls Caspian’s new guiding “North Star”:
“Castles High, Marble Bright” was conceived, written and recorded alongside the collection of songs that would become Dust and Disquiet, an album that we hoped spoke to the dialogue between a newly found, furrow browed melancholy and the fractured but unbroken sense of stubbornly epic, dramatically determined optimism that we’ve been trying to emulate with our music for 12 years. Hopefully we captured a bit of both. Looking back it feels like we captured the former, but “Castles…” speaks exclusively and entirely to the latter. With the end of this album cycle vaguely coming into sight, “Castles High, Marble Bright” is now our North Star, our way home, and our celebration of the decision to fully embrace the above dialogue head on together and see what comes. To the 6 of us, it’s an ode to adventure and all we hope is that it compliments or inspires one inside of you.”
The song comes accompanied by a short film helmed by the band’s friend Ryan Mackfall. Featuring footage from Caspian’s last European tour, it’s a breathtaking watch that captures the dynamic energy of “Castles” and the band itself. (Just try to tell me those glorious lightning strikes don’t give you chills.) Check it out up above.
Caspian are heading out on the road again beginning this weekend; find all their upcoming dates below.
Caspian 2016 Tour Dates:
10/22 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
10/23 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)
10/25 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
10/27 – Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
10/28 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
10/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/04 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
11/05 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/11 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
11/12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
11/13 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
11/15 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
11/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/18 – Boston, MA @ Royale
11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz