All­ways DRAG CITY 7/10 Genre-bust­ing set from Chicago dons of the deep groove

From their Shel­lac-ish, post-hard­core in­cep­tion in 2005 through to 2013’s de­fin­i­tive Threace, Cave’s evo­lu­tion has been a deep­grooved and ex­plo­rative one, but with their fourth LP proper they’ve re­ally cut loose. As the ti­tle sug­gests, it’s free­wheel­ing and ex­pan­sive, draw­ing on Afrobeat, Miles Davis, ’70s cos­mic rock and Chilean psych, In­dian ra­gas and more, in six long­form tracks mostly favour­ing a re­lent­less mo­torik pulse. The re­sults range from perky, polyrhyth­mic funk (“San’ Yago”) to earth­bound blues drone (“Beaux”) and shim­mer­ing jam with vo­cal har­monies and flute (“Shasha”), but how­ever locked the grooves, sta­sis never sets in: All­ways is as mer­cu­rial as it is highly lis­ten­able.

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