Indie Duo Cavalcade Deliver Stirring 10 Minutes On Debut EP
Cavalcade are aptly named. Though they’re only a duo, they have a larger sense to them, like they are mere leaders of a processional, trailing silent souls behind them. Their sound is emotional and dramatic, easily attached to anything from an ABC original TV show to a funeral to a high schooler’s poetry writing soundtrack.
On their debut EP, The Vacancy, you can hear the invisible cavalcade that the New Zealand duo are leading. Hear what lead vocalist Amberly had to say about the EP below:
The Vacancy opens with “Human,” a pretty piano-based composition that twinkles for a moment before the lead vocals come in alternating between a relaxed drawl and a desperate delivery. There’s a heartbeat to the EP’s opener, a thrumming, throbbing thing that helps keep the track steady when its emotion threatens to overtake it. On “Twisted Paradise,” the piano turns tender. It’s accompanied by fleeting instances of falsetto and more of that pretty vocal passion — there are no grand surprises to this one. Through and through, it’s a bruised ballad set to give goosebumps. The Vacancy ends with “Up There,” a slightly sunnier conclusion to the collection. Acoustic strums are plucked soft and quick, the hint of twang resounding in Cavalcade’s minimalist arrangements, a dreamy, if not a bit eerie, final track. On The Vacancy, Cavalcade offer listeners a ten-minute excursion into their world of ethereal indie beauty. It’s an emotive effort destined for a follow-up.