For the Body's Sake is the product of six years of work for the band Cast. It is unlike anything I have heard before simply because the collection seems to almost be random until you realize the underlying percussion experimentation is just pure genius.
The opening and title track “For the Body's Sake” gets the percussion-heavy album started with a soulful rock anthem mixed with just enough of a raspy tribute to love to make it interesting. The vocals are a throw back to the great classic rock talents of the ’60s. This first track sets a fast and sensual feel to the set.
“Anybody” follows with a bit slower pace but the interesting percussion sets the song apart. The vocals are almost psychedelic in this track, and the styling is something you would expect at a Woodstock tribute of sorts. There is a minor twist that makes this a new take on the traditional rock that listeners will enjoy.
Next up is “Whitehorse” and the vocals on this track are more fine tuned and the true focus. It was a bit different than most of the experimental pieces on this album which was a nice piece to break things up. The soulful and bluesy vocals of Jessica Leger stand out on this track.
“Of This You Can Be Sure” was a break from the fast pace with a much more soothing style. It was more organic and guitar focused with a mix of unique percussion to maintain the theme of the album. “Don't Die” was also a detour from the pace with the percussion being used as an almost hypnotic tool. Both songs added to the interest and the classic ’60s feel of the album.
Songs including “No Heavy Loads,” “Instrumental Voices” and “Cork” left me trying to figure out just what the added percussion elements were while I enjoyed the magnificent vocals. It was funky, forward thinking without being too heavily mastered.
“Thwack” was an interesting song alone and added a bit more interest to the album as it pushed the psychedelic feeling of the album one step further. This is where the rock anthem meets the experimental nature of the album. The modern spin on this would lend itself nicely to a dance set or even film.
I enjoyed the styling of the album and the chances the band took to try new and challenging percussion experiments. Because it was often hard to figure out exactly how some of the unique sounds were made, this would be an interesting set to see live.
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