Caveman shares “Helpless,” the latest single off their upcoming LP Smash out July 16th on Fortune Tellers. FLOOD premiered the track, praising it as “a prism refraction of echoey synths and gentle vocals.” On the track, member Matthew Iwanusa says, “Helpless is a song about not giving up in a situation where you will inevitably fail. But maybe being naive enough to still believe you won’t. It feels like the crash before a long journey of self-discovery and your search for answers.”
Smash is the first new Caveman record since 2016’s “Otero War.” Much of it was composed just after the death of Iwanusa’s cousin – her nickname Smash becoming the album title and much of the music inspired by her.
Their previous album was released on hip-hop label Cinematic Recordings (best known for Joey Badass) after a run with Mississippi label Fat Possum. On a whim early last year, they connected with old friend Peter Matthew Bauer of the Walkmen and his label Fortune Tellers to quickly release “New Sides” a series of recordings they had freed up the rights too while waiting for what would become “Smash” to return to their control. Basically dropping the EP five days after it was mastered, it was an early step to just get out into the world again a little with the song “You Got A Feeling” getting picked up on several major playlists and radio stations. “It was just great for people to hear something from us,” says Iwanusa. “It feels like it’s been forever and now we’re sitting on so much new music that’s finally able to get out into the world.”