South London-based band The Caress are crafting their own beautifully expansive sound, matching shoegaze guitars with 60s girl group harmonies. After operating as a trio for a few years, the band formed as a five-piece in 2018 and went on to self-release a string of EPs. Their sound and lyricism has continued to mature with each one, seeing them dive into deeper themes and moodier tones.
These feels are at play on their newest release ‘The Grave’; a wash of atmospheric guitars with nods to dream pop. The single was written whilst listening to The Beach Boy’s Pet Sounds, an influence that permeates the track in their tight harmonies. The lyrics reflect on childhood memories of visiting the resting place of a loved one – a theme that continues on the video, which is made up of footage from lead singer and guitarist Tom and bassist Ben’s parent’s wedding back in 1987.
The Grave is out now. Grab your copy.