Travis Caudle - Signals

Travis Caudle - Signals

With the friendship and guiding hand of Tim Powles of seminal Australian act The Church, West-Australian native Travis Caudle gently and thoughtfully graces the airwaves with his debut solo album. A cool atmospheric mix of modern singer-songwriter guitar based pop with healthy dose of mellow meditative rock, Signals has the vibe of being grown in the studio, after months of writing at home on an acoustic guitar, allowed to flourish under the wing of Powles.


The start and end of Signals is exceptionally concentrated and softly captivating, the track listing cutting a clear path through an introspective landscape with the production developing Caudle's single outwardly explorative voice and viewpoint. The earnestness and sober quality of the lyrics offset by the clear and dreamy instrumentation echoes the sonic qualities, textures, and tranquil moments of bands such as Coldplay and U2. The sentiment and tone of the tracks rides a fine line toward happiness and comfort, but reside in a halfway house of being bitter-sweetly triumphant while a wholly meditative and reflective current pulses through many of the songs.


The harmony of opposing the solemn and life-affirming lyrics with bright and melodic tonal qualities in the music gives rise to a cohesive yet spacious soundscape. If Caudle were not adverse to the idea, I could totally see his film clips featuring him on the top of some Australian mountain range belting out his tunes as the camera sweeps over head. Yeah, you know that kind of clip, big in the eighties, anyways…


It's of interest to note that Caudle is currently touring Signals on the road across Australia, performing the songs solo on acoustic guitar without a backing resembling his fully fleshed out studio efforts. Listening to the album it's straightforward to draw a line and imagine how each track is transcribed and stripped to its essential foundations.


The songs are structured around the nucleus of the vocal and melodic delivery with smooth and unforced backing via guitar. At times the album displays a concentrated and opaque atmosphere, this drops back and reveals room for the simple nature of guitar and voice to breathe and radiate.


Chiming and reverb soaked guitars ring out on many of the songs which border on elegiac and sorrowful, however its Caudle's clear vocals that standout with their mature and sincere delivery that solidify the overarching tone of stability and honesty flowing across the album.


File alongside the songwriting of Pete Murray, and David Gray, and the aural meanderings of The Church, and Sarah Blasko. Alongside: not between or below. Caudle resides in his own space as a songwriter and performer in his own right.

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