[16 November 2009]
Combining the fuzzy stomp of Nuggets-era garage rock with the scrappy sweetness of such ‘80s underground pop mavens as Beat Happening and the Pastels, Cause Co-Motion! has definitely established itself as one of the most unique bands coming from the post-hype Brooklyn music scene of the mid-to-late ‘00s. Following Slumberland’s release of It’s Time!, a critically hailed compilation of early singles and EPs from the band’s days on the What’s Your Rupture? imprint last fall, the DIY trio return with Because Because Because. This 10-minute-long, six-track-strong sonic blast also stands as the group’s most realized work to date, thanks to the help of Gary Olson of the Ladybug Transistor, who helmed the fruits of this one-day session at his Marlborough Farms home studio. Olson’s input helped Cause to open up its sound to a more streamlined approach, noted on the tight arrangements of tracks like “Is What You Say What You Mean?” and “You Lose”, which come off more like Stiff Records than K Records this time around. This vinyl-only release (it is also available as an MP3 download) also comes housed in a unique, hand-painted jacket with a silk-screen overlay, and no two covers are alike, making Because Because Because a collector’s piece well worth the trip to your favorite mom-and-pop record shop, just like the olden days.