Just squeezing in here real quick to let y'all know that we're repressing the seminal debut EP by Caspian on vinyl for the first time since 2008!
As the band prepares to release their new full length Waking Season (view the trailer HERE) and tour North America and Europe throughout the fall, we thought it was probably time to press up some more of these so they're available again :)
I don't think too much can be said about this album that hasn't been said before, it's a bonafide classic in every way. From the opening 1-2-3 punch of Quovis, Further Up and Further In, known now simply as "The Trilogy", to the shimmering final notes of the epic closing track Last Rites, You Are The Conductor ebbs and flows flawlessly in instrumental perfection. Few bands have ever set the bar so high for themselves on their debut EP, and as we all know by now, Caspian saw that bar and continues to raise it higher with each subsequent release, never succumbing to the pressure of their previous excellence. And it all started here, with these six tracks comprising the most promising instrumental debut in recent memory. See the band perform The Trilogy:
(video courtesy wearepostrock)
For this particular pressing we've gone all out, balls-to-the-wall with the quality and packaging. The records have all been pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl. There's four different colors; we've got translucent green, which is the mailorder edition, limited to 100 copies and only available through us. Then we have opaque mint green, which we've split with the band, so we have a very limited amount of these. There's 100 total of them pressed, but we have much less than that to sell in our webstore - the rest will be made available exclusively through the band. Then we have 100 copies on white vinyl, these ones will only be available from record stores and online retailers via Redeye Distribution. And lastly, for the audiophiles we have 300 copies on black vinyl.
So these thick slabs need to be properly stored when not constantly rotating around your turntable, right? We gotchoo. These 180 gram slabs will be housed in super thick, heavy-duty, no-joke casewrapped, tip-on jackets. If you've seen these jackets before, then you know how THICK and unbelievable they are! Again, exhibit A:
The bottom example is a standard jacket. The top example is a glorious casewrapped jacket. They're over TWICE as thick!! OK, sorry, we just cannot get over these jackets... we actually just had to purchase a shipment of brand new LP mailers to mail out the Constants Pasiflora preorders that have casewrapped jackets, because standard LP mailers just won't hold these bad boys... and ya know what? We were HAPPY to do so... ;)
Anyhow, to round out the package we've got full-color printed inner sleeves snuggling their 180 gram buddies. This is truly a gargantuan behemoth, friends. Quality with a capital "Q", and truly the definitive edition, and proper retelling of this classic record.
*Collectors Note: We know that we also did 100 copies on white vinyl in the first pressing, so to tell the difference between the two pressings, just remember that the jackets in the first pressing were on 20pt reverse board stock, not casewrapped. And beyond the jacket difference, there's been slight alterations to both the printed inner sleeves and the center labels on the record itself.
Here's some album deetz for ya, so you know what you're getting yourself into:
2. Further Up
3. Further In
5. For Protection
6. Last Rites
Previous Press for the Caspianites:
"Caspian has the instrumental firepower to make a big noise when it feels like it. But the melodies, timbres and harmonics are so fully realized that "Tertia" would be mighty, even without its climaxes..." - The Washington Post
"With key tempo changes, well-spaced arrangements, and delicate instrumental insertions Tertia succeeds in capturing an earthen mood even as it soars to scrape the upper levels of the atmosphere..." - Pop Matters
"the ability to create such a wide range of reactions is the definition of true art. And if it can be accomplished through a version of metal, all the more power to it. Heady stuff, this." - Metal Sucks
"Listening to it unfold feels like staring at your own static image in the mirror, waiting for infinitesimal changes to reveal themselves..." - The Boston Globe
"Tertia finds Caspian trying new things and succeeding, gleefully galloping over the sophomore slump, never looking back..." - Prefix Mag
"a master class in the art of the perfect post-rock performance... stunning..."
- Rock Sound
"please forgive my vague descriptions, but Caspian have laid their hands upon me and left the indescribable sensation that I've just heard something rather special, and they've taken a piece of me with them, while leaving a part of themselves with me..." - Metal Review