You’ve GOT to Hear This: “Vasudeva”

Photo by Mike Maroney

A little over a year ago, during my days of Bandcamp diving, I came across Roots of the Tree by Vasudeva, a four-track EP I can only describe as energetic indie and math-rock inspired post rock. Or, something along those lines. It’s upbeat, it’s impressive, and I love it, that’s all that really matters.

I remember coming across a post earlier this year on the band’s Facebook page stating that they would be releasing some new material. I don’t know how, but this release, Life in Cycles, managed to completely slip under my radar until recently, despite being released in July, and being one of the releases I was looking forward to the most this year.

I have not been disappointed.

The record opens with Ritual, a track that demonstrates a much more rock-orientated sound than I had anticipated, kicking the album off with a great amount of enthusiasm.

I was a little worried that they might not be able to hold the pace, but if there’s one thing Vasudeva has, it’s energy. The remainder of the album isn’t quite as heavy as Ritual would have you believe, but it is much more akin to rock than Roots of the Tree, and it successfully maintains that particularly upbeat quality that I’ve come to expect from the band, the kind that makes you want to get lost in the music.

Of course, there are some tracks that display a more emotive side to the band’s music, adding a pleasant respite to the record, but even these manage to provoke an irresistible urge to bob along. This album is as relentless as it is enjoyable, which is to say, very.

The band has come a long way since Roots of the Tree, and I’m dying to see where they’ll go from here. This is one to watch.

You can like the band on Facebook here.

You can download or stream (or pay what you want for) Life in Cycles from their BandCamp page, and you can pick up Roots of the Tree if you’re interested in their older material, here.

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Vincent Hughes

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