Hypnotikon Kicks Off with the Transdimensional Krautrock of CAVE
by Brian Cook
on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM
(Triple Door) Many modern-day aural explorers flagrantly take cues from the krautrock bands of the '60s and '70s, but few bands manage to retrace those transdimensional journeys quite like Chicago's CAVE. Harnessing Neu!'s compacted and deliberate grooves, Irmin Schmidt's hallucinatory keyboard treatments, and Amon Düül II's playfully sinister psychedelia, CAVE skillfully pay homage to a bunch of German acid-heads who managed to make music that, even 40 years later, still sounds like it's channeled from the future. Oakland's Lumerians are similarly adept at capturing the hypnotic power of Köln and Düsseldorf's finest exports, while also culling from the best of British post-punk, Italian prog, and Nigerian Afrobeat. While tonight's two top acts follow in the path of visionaries from across the Atlantic, the entire lineup's sights are ultimately set on territories more cosmic than international. With Midday Veil, Fungal Abyss, Tokyoidaho, and Ecstatic Cosmic Union.