CAINA – Temporary Antennae
What is clearly the most accomplished and epic Caїna album to date, “Temporary Antennae” is a stark, intense, yet flowing and dreamy undertaking that embodies all the elements that have helped shape Caїna’s identity. But just taken to a whole new level...
With the critical acclaim that had befallen last year’s “Mourner”, “Temporary Antennae” simply takes the framework from it’s predecessor (as well as the “Some People Fall Debut”) and brings it to a whole new aesthetical power resulting in the new album not only being the most intense Caїna album yet, but the most pop-influenced Caїna album as well. It was hinted in the past that certain post-rock and indie-rock elements have found their way into the harsh landscape that mastermind Andrew Curtis-Brignell had initially created with Caїna, influences that ranged from 4AD rock, to neo-folk, and acoustic-song (ala Bruce Springsteen “Nebraska” era) that melded within experimental and harsh raw black metal. This time, “Temporary Antennae” finds other influences making their way into the sound picture that builds upon Brignell’s vision, influences such as ones reflective of the aesthetic brought forth from such essential acts as Joy Division and The Cure (“Pornography” era).
Once again with Brignell (at 22 years of age) handling all instruments (with the odd help from his brother Jon Curtis-Brignell playing bass on a few tracks), recording, and mixing, along with a fabulous mastering job done via the awesome Optimum Mastering studios (PORTISHEAD, ATAVIST etc.) and with the artwork once again provided by Gentian Osman, “Temporary Antennae” once again proves that Caїna is not only the most promising prospect to come out of the UK in recent times, but one of the most potent creative forces in the underground extreme music scene today.
Tracklisting for “Temporary Antennae” goes as follows:
1. Intro – Manuscript Found In Unmarked Grave, 1914
2. Ten Went Up River
3. Willows And Whippoorwills
4. Tobacco Beetle
5. Larval Door
6. …And Ivy Wound Round Him
7. Them Golds And Brass
8. Petals And Bloodbowls
9. Temporary Antennae
10. None Shall Die