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    Posted: November 02 2013 at 04:54
I've been having their newest album Euporie Tide on frequent rotation this autumn, and it continues my home country's streak of putting out some of the best retro-psychedelic music in recent years. (see also Baby Woodrose and related bands or the superlative stoner doom group Moonless)

What I really like is that they've successfully modernized the more drawn-out jam-centered variety of psychedelic space rock as embodied by the more guitar-oriented Krautrock groups as well as early Hawkwind and Hendrix' Band of Gypsys (in particular out of his discography), while keeping everything that made those artists worth listening to. The instrumental interplay on Euporie Tide is really something else, as is the adept use of contrast between different textures in the same track - it's the kind of record I find new depths in every single time I listen to. The downside is that it requires a pretty high level of contentration while listening to appreciate fully.

Apparently they didn't arrive at this distinctive sound until the Summer Sessions series, though, if I go by the reviews here: Their first two studio albums include vocals and are more focused on traditional hard rock songwriting with some psychedelic touches, but I might look into the S/T and Free Ride too. Has anyone here heard the Pewt'r Sessions records, by the way? There's no reviews for them and the ratings aren't as high as for Summer Sessions or Euporie Tide.
Rejecting heaven, spurning the high ground, they stood in the way of demons and damnation... defending themselves alone.
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Agree they are great !
But i dont the older albums.



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I've got their latest on my "to get" list. Julian Cope loves this latest record and i've heard samples which convinced me I need this.
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Euporie Tide is pretty good, I've listened to it a handful of times. 
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I've sampled Summer Sessions and Euporie and like them both.....now I have over 30 things on my list to buy.
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Originally posted by tamijo

Agree they are great !
But i dont the older albums.



You don't what the older albums? Confused
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tamijo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2013 at 01:57
Borrowed a copy of Free Ride (2007) from a mate yesterday. So its my morning listen (right now)
The sound is not as perfect as on the later albums. But i like it !
The fact that there is vocals, and the 70's stoner rock jam sound  brings me back to Woodstock (Christiania), back in my teens in the late 70's.
But honestly, the sound is a bit muddy and  the music seems to be less refined at this point.


On a side note, if you like this kind of music you should definately check out this german outfit.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-g81b-PLdQ
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tamijo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2013 at 01:57
Originally posted by Toaster Mantis

Originally posted by tamijo

Agree they are great !
But i dont the older albums.



You don't what the older albums? Confused

was trying to say i dont know them, but now i do.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2013 at 02:01
And yes, Causa Sui and Colour Haze do sound very similar. I think CS was for most of their career on CH's record label. I find what I've heard from CH much heavier, though, like a hypothetical collaboration between Frank Zappa and Blue Cheer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote tamijo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2013 at 02:05
Yes agreed they are Heavier
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I'M JUST GETTING INTO THIS BAND, COURTESY OF TOASTER. THEIR STUFF IS HARD TO GET AT A REASONABLE PRICE ON CD IN THE UK. MAY NEED MP3 WHICH IS NOT MY PREFERRED FORMAT. GOT SS 1.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2013 at 13:29
I've finally heard one of their old albums, Free Ride. It is indeed heavier and less complex than Euporie Tide, but it's still got way more ambitious songwriting than usual for modern-day "stoner rock" (I hate that term) groups. At the same time, it's somehow catchier yet less "tight" compositionally: There's way more emphasis on Blue Cheer/Jimi Hendrix Experience/Black Sabbath-style heavy bluesy riffing, but the "Kosmische Musik" spirit's still there just taken in different directions.

The respective album titles sum the difference up well, I think.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 13 2013 at 00:17
I've heard their most recent and it's nice and something I should probably get at some point.
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I've just got in to Causa Sui, it needs more recognition on this site! I have heard, and just ordered summer sessions Vols 1-3 on vinyl, very excited for their arrival. Those albums have such a nice feel to them. Loving Euporie Tide at the moment as well, a new direction that I think really works, and will potentially broaden their audience. I did download the pewt'r sessions, I haven't listened much but I can't really get into them, as there is far less space (a big component of the music) and it is much heavier and darker. It may well click at a later date but at the moment I really like the laid back 'summery' vibe of the summer sessions and that is continued somewhat on Euporie Tide. 

Anyone else think that Europie Tide is unbelievably well produced and rich sounding?
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A nice post about Causa and their record company here :
 
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I have found them through this site and have listened to some of their music and I am impressed.I heard some bits and pieces of he summer sessions which seemed very mellow.Is that the majority of the music or are there more energized parts?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hnrz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2014 at 08:59
I'd really recommend Euporie Tide for anyone new to the band. This one is a bit more song orientated,energetic and structured.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hnrz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 25 2014 at 02:58
NEW ALBUM is out 18th august. A new pewt'r session. In fact, a side-long track from the album is streaming on soundcloud; 

https://soundcloud.com/elparaiso/causa-sui-incipiency-suite

Very excited, as they went in a much more jazzy direction. I like pyschedelic jazz! I think it's an improvement on the other pewt'r sessions. It also sounds like Amor Fati, the recent Jakob Skott solo album, in parts. I like the way that it is separated into different and eclectic sections.


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