Cavetown

The Crocodile Presents:

Cavetown

Mansions

Thu, February 21, 2019

6:30 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$15 Adv.

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Cavetown
Cavetown
Robin Skinner makes music by himself, in his bedroom, but his songs belong to the world.

As the son of a professional flautist and Cambridge University’s director of music, the 19-year-old UK singer/songwriter—who’s performed under the name CAVETOWN since 2013—has musical talent literally embedded in his DNA. But all that underlying musical theory is nothing without the raw emotional underpinnings that can take a song from technically proficient to transformatively powerful.

Marrying the two is what makes Cavetown so captivating and emotionally resonant with fans. They see themselves in Skinner’s music: tales of love and loss, of yearning to make sense of life and all the feelings that go along with it. For three minutes at a time, listeners feel less alone inside his songs, finding comfort in times of chaos and confusion.

Cavetown’s fourth album, LEMON BOY, puts Skinner’s effortless, bright melodies and economic songwriting on full display. From the looping folk-pop title track (with an inventive music video that’s racked up 1.2 million YouTube views) to the uke-meets-electronica “Fool” and jazzy “888,” it’s an intimate, calming collection that displays a songwriting craft far beyond his years. Most importantly, it’s from the heart.

“I speak about very genuine things and very personal things that I personally find hard to say,” Skinner explains. “That’s why I write a song about it. I think people relate to that: Sometimes they can’t put things into words, but when they hear a song about it, they can point to that.”

Music is how Skinner copes with the challenges of the world, a way to funnel his frustrations into a healthy output. But he’s also determined to connect with listeners any way he can, including through his prolific YouTube presence: Some 300,000 subscribers have made his videos—from covers of songs by artists like Twenty One Pilots and Ed Sheeran to clips showcasing his pets—appointment viewing, to the tune of more than 10 million views.

It’s all an extension of the songwriter who declares he just “wants to make music forever”—and with a magnetic personality and such universally relatable songs, he’s well on his way to achieving that goal and much more.

“I’m honestly just having fun making music right now,” he says. “It would definitely be really cool to tour and stuff, but that’s not what I think about when I make songs. I’m a very in-the-now kind of person. I just go with the flow and see where it takes me.” XX
Mansions
Mansions
Christopher Browder knows he isn't perfect. He knows he has flaws, similar to those most adolescents secretly carry in their pocket, and the way he reviews his bottled emotions is what drives the American songwriter's second album. He isn't the type to croon or break out into a guitar solo that etches out his blues with every pick. He's a lyricist, one that uses the frailty in his voice to connect with a listener's youthful character. On a level or two, Dig Up The Dead is a reflection of Brand New's The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me and Taking Back Sunday's Tell All Your Friends, where well-crafted rants have you relating every line to your own life story before cascading into an assault of bold alternative riffs ("Blackest Sky", "Dig Up The Dead").

What differentiates Browder from the grandiose is his taste. Whereas Dig Up The Dead has a seamless flow and pushes to be empowering, it strips down to reveal a mix of dark, broody fuzz rock jams."Close That Door" is cathartic with it's honesty, while "Seven Years" is a raw piece of work displaying the creative backbone that binds the record. "If I find that wormhole then I'll take it back," Browder laments at the halfway point, before a build-up channels inner angst and the worst kind of heartbreak that's hard to unshake after a few listens.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/