Caspian
"Tertia"

(The Mylene Sheath 2009)Caspian - Tertia

If you don’t listen to instrumental music very often, when you do, you’ll likely spend the first half of the album waiting for the vocals. Then you’ll spend the second half of the album content that there won’t be any vocals but still not completely convinced. Of course, a good instrumental album will make you forget that there aren’t any vocals. Enter Caspian and “Tertia.” The Massachusetts instrumental band’s sophomore album plays like you’re standing in the middle of a storm on some plane in another world. In fact it’s the thunder clearing after the storm.

“Tertia” might be made up of ten tracks but it plays and feels more like one long piece punctuated by ten movements. Each track is separate but still cohesive; the tracks ride right on each others coattails and sound only somewhat distinct and individual. With no lyrics or vocals to depend on, Caspian are emotive. “Epochs in Dmaj” sounds poignant, refreshing and quieter in comparison to the percussion that picks up speed and pushes to the forefront of “Ghosts of the Garden City,” ahead of light twinkles and howling instrumentation. All of those individual parts come together and finally gel on the final track “Sycamore.”

Caspian show off their skills with “Tertia,” making sure each note is exactly where it should be. While the album isn’t particularly groundbreaking, it is solid. Caspian keep things interesting and make you forget about vocals. And if you’re into concepts and stories, the band have included a tale of mythic proportions in the album’s accompanying booklet.

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