Garden of the Gods by Pete Cautious: Review
The latest album from Pete Cautious is a carefully crafted 10-piece release. It has left me speechless with subliminal messages, such as from the song ‘Love Won’t Pay The Bills,’ –Damn right, Florida Man! Thanks for the wakeup call!
Anyway, the album starts off with a jolly ride, Pete’s strong yet chill vocals and an impressive range of guitar sounds and percussions. After experiencing this delight, “Fantasy” and “Change Your Mind” will both be pleasant tracks hinting decade nostalgia coming your way. If you ever wanted to experience an abduction, the album’s self-titled track “Garden of the Gods” is a wondrous piece. Having you dance to its number, “Old Boy” is a club staple with its incredible instrumental magic. Tapping into diversity, there’s a jazz-like rendition in “Sleepless After Midnight’s” saxophone that blooms into an outer space intermission.
One of my favorite soundscapes from this album were “Sundrops” which had eerie vocals and sprinkles of synth waves. It is a pure form of psychedelic art that I’d like to experience again for the first time ever. “The Magic Fades” speaks romantically to me for its calm play and vocal delivery, but I think if you were about to call it a night, this is the perfect song to end with. The EP closes off with a somber mix of instrumental bliss, particularly featuring the piano along with kick drum and a multilayered backing vocal. And as the music fades, you can give into the high and drift to your own La La Land.
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Review by: Audrey Castel